Homilies: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 23rdd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, as preached during the 9.30am Mass at St Mary’s Church, Dungog.

The readings proclaimed were Wisdom 9:13-18; Philemon 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14:25-33. Today’s psalm is Psalm 89: “In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.”

“Paul’s letter to Philemon calls Philemon to a conversion of heart that then leads to a change of behaviour, i.e., a recognition that Onesimus is no longer a slave but a fellow believer in Christ, a brother in the Spirit. The challenge for us is to resist the pressing call to see ‘the other’ as anything less than being created in the image and likeness of God as we are. ‘The other’ is not to be disregarded but seen as one with us in God’s grace.”