28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A - 15th October, 2017
Imagine one of the greatest rock bands in the world with so much wealth, prestige and popularity, known to heads of state on the International stage singing that they still haven’t found what they are looking for!
No matter what you are it is who you become that really matters.
Living in the World of Big Brother and trying to become a “Someone”
To date there have been forty two series of Big Brother, including four of the “Celebrity” series. The residents are called house mates. A specially constructed house is like a human zoo to which we, the viewers, are given access. In many ways we are looking at ourselves, lost souls, searching for identity, for relationships of any and every kind, but, in the end, trying to make sense of it all.
In the end we are all restless souls
St. Augustine once said: “Our souls are restless, Lord, until they rest in Thee.” So, that is what everyone must be looking for, even those in the Rock bands, those in Celebrity Big Brother – they are all searching for a place of rest for their souls.
Each of us has three deep desires – to be at home with ourselves, to be at home with others and to be at home with our God.
At the end of our lives our Lord will provide a banquet of rich food for us, his chosen housemates. On that day we will say: “this is our God in whom we hoped.” (First reading from Isaiah) St. Paul addresses the people still searching and trying to find meaning for their lives. He too says that “God will fulfil all your needs in Christ Jesus.” (2nd Reading)
In the end we must come to the table of the Lord.
The Lord goes to desperate measures to bring us to his table but we can only stay at the table if we throw off our old garments, our old way of living and put on a new garment of virtue so as to be at peace with ourselves, our neighbour and our God.
Fr. Michael McCullagh c.m.