20th Sun C
Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.
This Sunday's Reflection
If one solely read the Letters of the New Testament, particularly the Household codes, one would be forgiven for believing that a central tenet of the Christian Faith was to maintain a happy family. Care and compliance are strongly recommended. Division is interpreted as a form of sin. Generally speaking, such an attitude has been adopted by the Christian Churches. So this Sunday’s Gospel comes a quite a clanger and we can struggle to understand what it means for us. If one comes from a family resistant to Christian values, it makes sense. But what if one comes from a family whose lives and values are shaped by the Gospel? What does it have to say to such?
Quite simply, commitment to Jesus overrides all other commitments – even to that most basic form of relationship: the family. Even with the most happy, the most congenial of families, a person can a distinctive calling, a stand taken in conscience that goes against the callings and stands generally accepted within that group. In a very real sense, Jesus’ words offer consolation for all in such a situation. Divisions will come – even in the best of families – and we must be prepared for them. Yet in spite of our differences, even divisions, we can still chose to love and to be loving.