Readings for 1 Oct 2013

September 30th, 2013  |  Published in Deacon Andy's Blog

Today’s readings are Zec 8:20-23 and Lk 9:51-56

In the reading from Zechariah we hear about people from “every nationality, speaking different tongues” coming to Jerusalem wanting to seek the Lord. Jesus’ reputation has spread throughout the known world, and all peoples are seeking him. Is it any wonder that one of the four “marks of the Church” is universal? The four marks of the Church are one, holy, Catholic and apostolic. So where do I get that universal is a mark of the Church; from St. Ignatius of Antioch. St. Ignatius of Antioch (c. 100) used the word Catholic meaning “universal” to describe the Church (Letter to the Smyrnaens). This reading foreshadows St. Mathew’s gospel (Mt 28:19) “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations”.
The gospel from St. Luke also underscores the universality of the Church. Instead of calling “down fire from heaven to consume them” Jesus rebukes His apostles when they don’t “turn the other cheek”. Jesus accepts the people of the Samaritan village where they are on their faith journey; knowing the sacrifice He is being called to make in Jerusalem is for their sake as well as for the Jews. As we read in Mt 26:28 and echo during the Eucharistic prayer “for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins”.