Here are Sunday’s readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (as compiled and contextualized by Vanderbilt University).
Here’s what the Pope said yesterday.
The Pope is leading on Luke 16:9 like no other Christian in recent memory. But he’s also leading on the context of Sunday’s readings: we don’t get the full NT import of God over mammon, of using wealth to lift up the poor (to entertain angels unaware, or to do onto Jesus that good we do onto each other), or of holding that in tension with supplications for those in power without the grounding prophetic message of the OT readings.
Look at Amos 4 and Psalm 113. Look at Jeremiah 8 and Psalm 79. Then and only then can we tackle and understand the NT readings in their proper context and with their proper tone, Jesus’ tone, echoing the diction of God’s prophetic witness in the ancient history of Israel.
This has everything to do with Pope Francis’ witness to modern economic injustice.
He discarded his prepared speech after listening to Francesco Mattana, a 45-year-old married father of three who lost his job with an alternative energy company four years ago.
The Pope said he does not want to be seen as a
cordial manager of the Church who comes here and says to you ‘have courage'”.
I don’t want this. I want this courage to come from inside me and push me to do everything I can as a pastor and a man.
Hold these statements alongside the call in 1 Timothy 2 to pray for leaders and those in high places. Observe this Pope, this man in the highest of places, speak like Jesus about every Christian’s call to the poor.
I’ve never been Catholic, not even for a day, but I’d be crazy and dishonest to say I don’t see and hear clearly the vocation of Jesus in Francis’ public ministry. So, yes to ecumenism, but more importantly and radically, yes to the Gospel of Jesus. Yes to good news for the poor. Yes to this way of being Christian, yes to following God in the way of Jesus.
- Reconciling the Lectionary with a Little Help from The Hooters (chriscocca.com)