Silence

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53 

Originally delivered on August 16, 1992

In this week’s gospel, we hear the anger of God who proclaims, “I have come to light a fire on the earth.”  What have we done with God’s marvelous plan?  We are invited to reflect on the fact that Jesus’s crucifixion was legal.  Fr. Healy reflects on the writings of James Baldwin and the work of Mickey Leland.  He goes on to further share a poignant story of his experience in Africa leading a seminary and invites us to reflect on our likely sin of silence in the face of injustice in order to preserve ourselves and our own interests.