Saturday, May 29, 2021

Saturday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

People with closed minds have closed hearts, and how dangerous they are. Why? Because they “see” life and issues through the narrow perspective of a particular ideology. There is only one way of doing things, one way to respond to the world and its problems, and this “one way” is filtered through political or theological ideology. We all are susceptible to this because it’s seemingly comfortable to live in a world of “it’s my way or the highway.”

Jesus us confronting leaders who want to know by what authority he cleanses the Temple or heals or teaches. They are blinded by their jealousy and their desire to control the situation. Their minds were closed and so were their hearts. They just wanted to trap Jesus so they could condemn him, and they could maintain their position of power.

Jesus spoke and taught from the heart, rooted in His relationship with the Father. He caused so much division among the leaders because the people were more drawn to Him. Jesús didn’t speak by spouting off verses and established teachings. The substance of His teaching was rooted in truth and love, freeing the listener to seeing their life, the world and God in a new and life giving way.

Jesus was calling the people... us to actively take part in the restoration of the world. This demands open minds with wide open hearts.

Fr. Frank