Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another ….
Today’s Gospel passage doesn’t seem much like a passage! There’s no narrative to speak of, but mostly a description of Jesus’ entourage as He journeys while preaching. How is such a “cast of characters” meant to tell us something as it’s preached from the pulpit (or reflected upon in one’s home) on this weekday in Ordinary Time?
Perhaps we might relate this cast to what in the Apostles’ Creed we profess as the “communion of saints”. In Heaven this cast of thousands adores God perpetually, gathered together in voice to worship the Lamb who was slain for our salvation. But on earth, during our pilgrimage, while we do pause occasionally for worship, we also have many practical matters to attend to. On earth, while we’re journeying to where we can enjoy “the better part” alone, we have to attend like Martha to many simple needs.
Jesus, as He’s described in today’s Gospel passage, is surrounded by three types of persons. There are the Twelve apostles, those who had been cured by Jesus, and those who provided for the crowd. We might reflect on this assembly as the first parish, although journeying from one town and village to another!