Mgr Gerard’s reflection – 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

In Jesus’ time as indeed today, there was the feeling that the better person you were the richer you were. So a rich person was a good person and a poor person was a bad one. But in today’s gospel Jesus turns this on its head. This message of hope for the poor and oppressed is one that appeals to many but in real terms people do not live up to it even today. Many people today are rich and successful by exploiting others. This weekend in particular we remember migrants and refugees and victims of human trafficking. We are asked by Pope Francis to remember them in our prayers and to help wherever possible. Every person in this world deserves a life and as a Christian we should not use people or walk on the others side of the road when we see people needing help. I would urge us all to pause and think and pray and be of good heart.