When I was growing up in Jackson Heights, many of my friends and neighbors were from India. They were slightly older and certainly more mature than I was, and I tried to keep up with them. Yet sometimes I did not understand what they were saying. They constantly used words like bowler – which I thought was a hat – wicket – which I thought was a kind of small bush, and popping crease which totally mystified me. I finally realized that they lived and breathe that most inscrutable sport, Cricket, and these were all technical terms. After I read an article from Encyclopedia Britannica – for younger people, this is what we had before Wikipedia – I could at least navigate the conversation.
This is the case with today’s Gospel passage. Unless we realize that everyone speaking about the resurrection is a Pharisee we will be, at very least, very confused and possibly miss what Jesus is proclaiming. Continue reading “5th Sunday of Lent – Fr. Smith Homily”