– Monday of the 13th Week in Ordinary time –
“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” [Matthew 8:20]
I am always so grateful after being away for some time or even after a long, tiring day, that I have a safe, loving environment to welcome me. Even if I live alone, home hold holds the warmth of security and friendship shared. So these words of Jesus are challenging: “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Matthew uses the title Son of Man, this speaks of authority, but also of suffering.
Maybe what Jesus is inviting us into is a relationship that infiltrates all relationships. It is neither security nor the demands of tradition that promise us life, but a living relationship with Jesus who makes his home in us as we desire to make our home in him. Yes, there will be suffering along the way, but we will never be alone and we will find a place prepared for us when the journey is done.
by Kari Hatherell
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