Fr Hugh’s Homily for 8th Sunday
As many a school pupil knows, one of the best ways to teach is both to be memorable yourself, eccentric teachers are often the best, and to create memorable images. I can still remember a Latin teacher (can even picture him) from when I was about ten who, when we were being lazy or messing about, which was often, used to shout ‘Go to the ant thou sluggard, study her ways and be wise.’ I always remembered it yet had no idea where it came from, but now know it is from the Book of Proverbs 6:6-8. Jesus is a great teacher. He is eccentric in many ways. Does things that annoy the authorities (which would have delighted many of the poorer class), eats with the wrong crowd and then does incredible miracles. In today’s gospel he is teaching in proverbs as well. Blind leading the blind, splinters and planks in eyes, so memorable that they have become general parts of speech, as has good fruit from good trees…..