This week the reading come from the Prophet Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19, Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians 12:12-30 and Luke’s Gospel 1:1-4, 4:14-21.
This week the readings focus on the Word. For many Catholics turning to the Bible doesn’t come as easily as other Christian denominations, where they can quote scripture but as we hear in Nehemiah, Ezra went before the people and read so that the men, women and young could understand. This is what the homily is supposed to be a way for everyone to connect with the readings. The idea is great but how many times do you get basically something that has no bearing on what we just heard. As the readings continue we hear that we are all one body so we need to accept all people as they are since even if we are unconnected with the church we are still one and the same as everyone else. Gay or straight, Catholic or Christian, Muslim or Jew, Hindu or Buddhist we need to remember the Golden Rule and act accordingly. Let’s keep this in mind as we in the United States enter in Black History Month, it is wrong that racial inequality still exists and we as a whole need to change this.