27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Published on 01 Oct 2018
Two older people walking arm in arm

May the Lord bless us all the days of our life

Almighty, ever-living God, who in the abundance of your kindness

surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you,

pour your mercy upon us to pardon what conscience dreads

and to give what prayer does not dare to ask

This week’s readings speak of our need for love and companionship. Whatever our vocation in life, we need other people.

In the First Reading, we see God our Lord creating a remedy for human loneliness by making both men and women to be helpmates for one another. Those who selflessly share their lives and their love, in whatever way they find themselves called by God, create a unity that witnesses to the love of God in creation.

Jesus experienced human life as we do, even to accepting death. He understands our weaknesses, but labours to bring us to glory with God through his suffering (Second Reading). He calls us his sisters and brothers in holiness.

The Gospel tells of Jesus being challenged by the Pharisees in an attempt to trap him. Jesus is uncompromising in upholding the intention of God that married persons should remain together in a union blessed by God, while accepting fully the human weakness and sin that can lead to divorce. He encourages the little children to come to him, laying his hands on them and blessing them. He invites his followers to welcome the kingdom of God with child-like trust and faith.

We respond in the Psalm by asking the Lord to ‘bless us all the days of our life’. We rejoice in the gifts that others bring to our lives.

May the Lord bless you from Zion ... all the days of your life!    Responsorial Psalm

Let the little children come to me; do not stop them;

for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.    Gospel

‘Creation’ has a broader meaning than ‘nature’, for it has to do with God’s loving plan in which every creature has its own value and significance. … creation can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all … reality illumined by love, calling us together into universal communion.

Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 76

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:

Genesis 2: 18–24; Psalm 127 (128); Hebrews 2: 9–11; Mark 10: 2–16