WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
Fr Hugh’s Homily for 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
We need just to think of the courage it takes for the tax-collector to go into the Temple. The Temple, as we have said before, was the holiest place on earth for the Jews. It was where God was seen to reside among his people. The place where the ark of the covenant had come to rest. To the shock of many faiths at the time, there was no statue inside. Just the presence of God. But to approach God in his earthly home, you had to be worthy to do so. What everyone, as we can see from the Pharisee’s words today, what everyone knew was that the tax-collector wasn’t anywhere near worthy by their standards. It would not only be the Pharisee who would be giving him a wide birth and pointing him out. He was a shameful figure. And yet here he was before God…..