18 September 2017 Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Year 1 Homily
First Timothy 2:1-8
There appeared to be some reluctance in Ephesus to pray for non Christians. This may explain the insistence on prayers for those in authority who most likely were not followers of the “Way of Christ”.
Timothy’s mission to the Gentiles may also explain his insistence on prayers for everyone.
The ultimate reason for prayers for everyone is that God wills everyone to be saved and Christ is the “one mediator between God and the human race”.
This might give us pause when we find reasons to not forgive or not pray for another person or group.
The inclusive nature of Luke’s Gospel is underlined by the story of the Roman centurion who respected and generously supported the Judean religion.
The lack of “worthiness” of the Centurion may have had to do with his sensitivity to the Jewish prohibition on “entering the house of a gentile”.
Jesús mission, much to his own and the disciples surprise is not just to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Jesús, despite the Jewish teachings that exclude foreigners, finds himself offering the healing Reign of God to various men and women who are not “Judeans”.