A Reflection for the fifteenth Sunday in ordinary time

Shalom y’all - hospitality on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho As soon as you move outside Jerusalem on the way to Jericho you are very quickly into the Judean desert – an extremely barren, rocky landscape with rolling hills, inhabited nowadays by occasional Bedouin settlements. The first stop on our journey was to view the Wadi Qelt which is a deep and dangerous gorge that runs all the way from Jerusalem to Jericho. The gorge parallels the old Roman road which connected the two towns, and which is the backdrop to the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

A Reflection for the fourteenth Sunday in ordinary time

You cannot spend time in the Holy Land without becoming aware of the tension that exists between Israelis and Palestinians. The absence of peace is palpable in this part of the world where Jesus preached the message of the Peace of God. One of the souvenirs that I brought home with me from time recently spent in Jerusalem was a small plaque which reads Shalom y’all.

A Reflection for the thirteenth Sunday in ordinary time

Today’s Gospel focuses on a mindful awareness of the events of a particular day towards the end of Jesus’ public ministry. On that day Jesus “set his face to go to Jerusalem” where he was to fulfil his destiny. This stage of the journey involved passing through Samaria, a foreign land, and interacting with the residents of two villages within a trans-cultural situation.