STORIES THAT ROOT BUT DO NOT BIND
This Sunday we are reminded of the importance of story-telling. It is a fundamental part of who we are as Christians, and even as humans. Look to any civilization or culture and you will find stories that convey identity, which become most important during times of trial.
The stories of our past root our lives like a tree with branches the spread ever farther. And like that tree, the deeper and stronger the roots, the more the branches will be able to spread with out jeopardizing the life of the tree.
In our first reading, the priest gathers an assembly around him so that they may listen to the Torah; so that they may listen to their own story; their ancestry. They listened so that they would not forget who they are.
But the Bible does not just root us to a past, it also gives us strength to grow. In our Gospel, Jesus reads the stories of the past and declares that they are no longer past, but present.
CLICK HERE for the readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Nehemiah 8:2-6,8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4,4:14-21)