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14th Sunday of the Year B

posted 9 Jul 2015, 06:05 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 by StJohns Annitsford ]

5th July 2015

H.B. & Hw.

"We had the experience, but missed the meaning." (Eliot).

We experience the prophet and constantly miss the meaning. But then prophecy and prophets are always ignored or even despised in their own time, surroundings and among their `ain folk'. And we live with prophets and their prophecies, have the experience and miss their meaning. We come together Sunday by Sunday, listen to the prophets, Ezekiel,
Paul, Jesus, whoever and then it's "This is the Word of the Lord", "Thanks be to God", and business as usual.

It seems we can only come to know the prophet and his message when we experience some kind of dying, "some disillusionment with ourselves and others, some loss, some bereavement, sense of fear, hopelessness or meaninglessness and when we do not try to anaesthetise ourselves against it." (Gerard Hughes, SI).

The answer then, is in the pain, as Gerard Hughes says, which reveals to us our poverty and our need of God and his prophet. If we can acknowledge our poverty and be still in our poverty, the prophet shows himself. Jesus shows himself in his full meaning and glory.

The truth slowly dawns. The prophet, Jesus, is a living presence. Jesus is a living presence in every detail of our lives, the good, the bad and the ugly detail even. Now, can we accept such a prophet and his word? If we are developing in faith we come to know our risen Lord and prophet as the now happening, the always now event and he is always emerging and materialising in our detail and throughout our universe.

The prophet, Jesus Christ, is continuously coming through our closed minds, closed that is through fear, fear of ourselves and others. And the words of the prophet are "Peace, peace be to you." Shalom my friends.

Jesus' power gives us hope, hope in a situation where before we felt hopeless. Jesus gives us courage to face the task we have been running away from all our lives.

Jesus gives us the strength to be open, the ability to be vulnerable, when before we could only think of our own security and our own protection.

So yet again we have the experience. Let's not miss out on the meaning. And the meaning is quite simply, Jesus, Jesus Christ, the now prophet and the prophecy in person, Jesus the way, truth 'and life.