Today in our gospel, we see Jesus surrounded by Pharisees. Somewhat like hostile reporters hustling a political candidate.
In 2017, more than 72,000 people in the United States, nearly 200 a day, died of drug overdoses. This death toll is higher than the US military casualties in Vietnam and Iraq wars combined.
The parable of the two sons, the parable of the wicked tenants and the parable of the Kings Feast all see Jesus on the attack.
Around 1990, our Friars in Kingston Jamaica asked me for a youth retreat. Many think of Jamaica as an island of wonderful beaches and great hotels.
The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement herald the release of Pope Francis’s new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, “On Fraternity and Social Friendship,” signed at the tomb of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, on October 3, 2020, and released to all of humanity on the Saint’s feast day, October 4.
Neil Diamond sang a song many years ago; I can only remember one line: “Song sung blue everybody knows one.”
Many parents can identify with the gospel today. Jesus is not speaking about wayward children. He is speaking about the Chief Priests and the Elders.
“A group of organists can’t get together without playing music,” says Franciscan Father Jim Gardiner, SA.