Gospel of Luke 19:1-10 Reflection:
We are into the last two weeks of the Church year. The readings are beginning to focus on death, judgement and the coming of Jesus at the end of time. There are many from the Book of Revelations that are hard to understand and for which you will find loads of different interpretations when you look them up. It appears to me that everyone interprets them differently.
For me, I just like to listen and see what comes to me. Today I have to read at Mass so as I rehearsed the first reading here at home, I read about Jesus saying that he would rather we were either hot or cold but that since we are lukewarm he will spit us out of his mouth.
There are so many people who are indifferent, who simply don’t care one way or the other. They call themselves Christian but at the first sign of effort or difficulty they are away like a shot. Jesus spoke about them in the parable of the sower, the seed that fell on stony ground.
But before we get too judgemental, we should think about those injustices in our own lives that we don’t really pay attention too: the friends we don’t visit, the calls to family members we don’t make and the people we know who are sick and we don’t support. Perhaps we see friends and neighbours going without and we have extra but don’t help.
There are so many ways in which we are indifferent ourselves. The only hope is that we don’t be indifferent with those with whom we are in direct contact, the ones we meet today. If we treat them well and with respect then we shall make a difference to the world.