Thought of the week
“It’s coming home!”
As the World Cup progressed to its latter stages it was impossible to avoid the above phrase, until the events of Wednesday evening confirmed that England’s 52 years of hurt would continue for a few more years at least. In the early part of this week particularly it seems that those words were emblazoned across every newspaper, on the lips of every television presenter, hash tagged to the extent that the phrase was trending on social media and the song, from which the words come, was on the playlist of every radio station.
But despite England’s defeat to Croatia on Wednesday, the phrase remains an ideal one for this weekend and not for any World Cup related reasons. The people to whom Amos spoke in our first reading had elected a king who was not of David’s line, dismissed the ordained priests establishing their own and built a sanctuary at Bethel, away from Jerusalem, with their own liturgy that included the worship of pagan gods. That’s why Amos is instructed by the Lord to “Go prophesy to my people Israel.” God wants his people to “come home” to the covenant he’d established with them.
That our home is with God is made clear in our second reading when St Paul informs us that “Before the world was made, he chose us…to live in his presence.” When Jesus sent out the Twelve he could well have added the instruction for them to declare that “It’s coming home.” For when the apostles set off they invite their listeners to come home and mend their relationship with God through repentance.
In commissioning the apostles in our Gospel, Jesus gives us a preview of His Church’s mission. Through the Church, Jesus delivers us out of our exile from God in order to come home to the Promised Land of His kingdom. We all have a duty to play our part in supporting the Church’s mission. The handing on of the faith, evangelisation, is the task of everyone in the Church today. May we all seriously consider how we can help ourselves and others hear the call to repentance and to “come home” by welcoming the Good News of Jesus Christ into our lives.
By the way, the World Cup was started by a Frenchman, Jules Rimet, so maybe “it’s coming home” after all!