Readings: Isaiah 35: 4-7; James 2: 1-5; Mark 7:31-37
Originally delivered on September 4, 1988
In this week’s homily, we are challenged to be open to hear the cries of the poor, hungry, or otherwise marginalized. These are our sisters and brothers. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us to be open to the saving wisdom of God. We must ask ourselves what we might be blind to see. Are we participating in a system that keeps some of our sisters and brothers in a more difficult state and the impression that some are better than others? Jesus calls us to be open to a new vision of faith, to hear the cry of the poor, to have the courage to speak out.