19 September 2017 Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Year 1 Homily
First Timothy 3:1-13
The qualifications of the Bishop and Deacon have to do with leadership and responsibility as well as living the Christian life for a period of time.
The reference to “women” in the context of the duties of the deacon may imply that women served in certain ecclesiastical offices that were like or shared with the deacons in the community.
Paul does not mention priests in this description of the desirable qualities of ecclesiastical ministers.
The more Jesús travels the more his concern for the poor and bereaved is revealed.
A man who died is being carried out of the city. The man is “the “only son of his mother”. This is a catastrophic loss economically speaking since “the only son” is responsible for the care of his mother.
Jesús tells the young mn: “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
The man sat up and spoke.
The people respond with an affirmation that
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst,”
And ”God has visited his people.”
These are signs of the coming of the Kingdom and Jesús’ actions are reported throughout the region.
God visits his people when we gather for Eucharist and when the prophetic message is announced.