31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 31, 2011


Where do you turn for inspiration?  For your models of holiness?

Your relationships.  I know I have said it over and over again – but our faith is all about relationships.

Our readings offer a contrast between two types of priesthood.  Malachi and Matthew both offer stern criticisms of priests who do not follow the way of the Lord.  In contrast, Paul speaks of the beauty of relational ministry.

In many respects, today’s readings are a statement about priesthood lived well and what happens when priest’s own ego, ambition and greed gets in the way.  Up until about 15 years ago, it was hard for many of you to believe priests were capable of such things, but now we know all too well, that priests are susceptible to the same sins and temptations as you.

So how do any of us avoid getting lost in our own ego, ambition and greed?  How do we live with the humility of Paul in this letter?

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10; Psalm 131:1, 2, 3; I Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13; Matthew 23:1-12)


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