The Church as Family, Tuesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time (I), September 24, 2013

Fr. Roger J. Landry
St. Bernadette Parish, Fall River, MA
Tuesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary TIme, Year I
September 24, 2013
Ezra 6:7-9.12.14-20, Ps 122, Lk 8:19-21

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The following points were attempted in this homily:

  • Today we continue our contemplation of the mystery of the Church, foreshadowed by the rebuilding of the Temple in today’s first reading of the Book of Ezra.
  • Today in the Gospel we see that the Temple Christ came to rebuild is a family of those who, together with Mary, hear the word of God and keep it.
  • Mary is the one who shows us how to be built into the Temple of God. She was one who heard the Word of God and said, “Let it be done to me according to your word.” While there is only one Mother of God according to the flesh, St. Ambrose said 1600 years ago, we’re all Mothers of God according to faith, conceiving within us the Word of God, letting it grow so big within us that we can’t help but give it to others.
  • When we go up to the House of the Lord as the Psalm says, we enter the place of God’s family, where God is, and that should fill us with joy.
  • Today we ask Mary in a particular way to intercede for us so that individually and together with others, we may hear the Word of God and do it with joy so that we might come together to that eternal Temple where we hope to rejoice forever.

The readings for today’s Mass were: 

Reading 1
EZR 6:7-8, 12B, 14-20

King Darius issued an order to the officials
of West-of-Euphrates:
“Let the governor and the elders of the Jews
continue the work on that house of God;
they are to rebuild it on its former site.
I also issue this decree
concerning your dealing with these elders of the Jews
in the rebuilding of that house of God:
From the royal revenue, the taxes of West-of-Euphrates,
let these men be repaid for their expenses, in full and without delay.
I, Darius, have issued this decree;
let it be carefully executed.”The elders of the Jews continued to make progress in the building,
supported by the message of the prophets,
Haggai and Zechariah, son of Iddo.
They finished the building according to the command
of the God of Israel
and the decrees of Cyrus and Darius
and of Artaxerxes, king of Persia.
They completed this house on the third day of the month Adar,
in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.
The children of Israel–priests, Levites,
and the other returned exiles–
celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.
For the dedication of this house of God,
they offered one hundred bulls,
two hundred rams, and four hundred lambs,
together with twelve he-goats as a sin-offering for all Israel,
in keeping with the number of the tribes of Israel.
Finally, they set up the priests in their classes
and the Levites in their divisions
for the service of God in Jerusalem,
as is prescribed in the book of Moses.The exiles kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.
The Levites, every one of whom had purified himself for the occasion,
sacrificed the Passover for the rest of the exiles,
for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 122:1-2, 3-4AB, 4CD-5

R. (1) Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
I rejoiced because they said to me,
“We will go up to the house of the LORD.”
And now we have set foot
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
Jerusalem, built as a city
with compact unity.
To it the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
According to the decree for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
In it are set up judgment seats,
seats for the house of David.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

LK 8:19-21

The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him
but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside
and they wish to see you.”
He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”