Fr Hugh’s Homily for 32nd Sunday
A commentator on today’s gospel tells this story to illustrate what he thinks Jesus is on about here. It is set in Chicago, perhaps a while ago. “A man dies leaving a widow and a young son. The son goes to a Catholic school. One day the priest stops the son and days to him, “Unless you have a Mass said for your father he will not see the face of God. It is $5.” So the son goes home and says: “The priest says that unless we have a Mass said for Dad he will not see the face of God.’ So the widow gives her son $5 for the Mass. A while later the priest stops the son again (pushing his luck I would say), “Unless you have a Mass said for your father he will not see the face of God.’ So the son goes home to his mother and explains again, “Unless we have another Mass said the priest says Dad will not see the face of God, I need another $5.” “Dad can look at God’s bottom,” says the widow. No $5. Just like the story, Jesus is clearly making a statement about the hypocrisy in much of the religion of his time, as the story is of how it can be in our time. Like many an observational comedian today he is merely watching how society works and trying to open people’s eyes as to what is going on around them…..