Fourth Sunday Ordinary Time Mass Reflections 2013

Scripture readings for Sunday's Mass are here

Extract from Gospel below.
                                                LK 4:21-30
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.

They rose up, drove him out of the town,

and led him to the brow of the hill

on which their town had been built,

to hurl him down headlong.

But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away.

Image source.. Jesus driven into the wilderness.
"The Franciscan theologian, Richard Rohr has much to say of value when we think about some of the themes presented this week.

In many of his lectures and writings, Rohr points to the great mystery of God’s love and to the paradox which is that often we have nothing to say, that is really worth hearing, until we have been rejected and until we have felt unseen.

 He points to the paradox that we often do not wake up to how thoroughly we are known and loved by that Divine Mystery we call God, until we feel thoroughly unseen, unknown and unloved in our own everyday lives. 

Rohr often suggests too that the great prophets were rejected people before they had something to say, that it is the ‘rejected one’ who is often the gift giver. 

This observation draws us to reflect on power and powerlessness and leads us to see that it is often the powerless who are able to reveal God’s love powerfully to us. 
We see, too, that the truth does not always come from where we expect to find it."

I realise that today's readings are megalithic in meaning and I have only begun to scratch the surface of them.
These links below are ones that for me touch on various aspects and provide much for reflection...

In this video 
Richard Rohr spoke at Texan Lutheran University on Sunday, Sept. 25th 2011 in Jackson Auditorium. Rohr spoke from the content of his latest book, "Falling Upward".

            More from Fr Richard Rohr below...

If Ye Love Me Thomas Tallis 
using the words from
John 14: 15-17

 "If ye love me, keep my commandments, and I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may bide with you for ever, ev’n the spirit of truth."

Taize Chant Ubi Caritas 

Ubi caritas et amor, Ubi Caritas, Deus ibi est 

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