6th Sun C
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This Sunday's Exposition
What is, is. That simple statement sums up the true nature of ‘prophecy’. Foretelling events is just a side effect of telling things as they are. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus infers that the poor, hungry and mourning who look to God for their salvation are prophets: they understand the true nature of reality. Those who are rich, satiated and always laughing fail to recognise their need for God, and become those who persecute the truth-speakers.
Is this true? I think so. In our society, those who defend the unborn are ridiculed and even vilified. The mind boggles as to how any intelligent person viewing even basic knowledge about life soon after conception could dismiss these wondrous living being as a ‘few cells’ or foreign bodies. Those who call out the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in this country’s detention centres are dismissed as bleeding hearts who don’t understand the reality of things. Seriously, no human being deserves to live under the conditions in these camps. And the billions spent making those conditions makes a mockery of the economics of such policies.
In our families, workplaces and communities, we sometimes collude in unjust or even ‘wacky’ behaviour because we fail to take the time and space to ask that basic question, ‘What is happening here?’ If you want to find out just what is happening, try to look at the situation or events from the position of the poorest, weakest and most unjustly treated. And if these people trust and hope in God, we will find that they have been blessed: they are the prophets sent to us. They will tell it to us just as it is.