|16th Sunday in Ordinary Time|
Contributed by: Reverend Patrick Dooling, Parochial Vicar, San Carlos Cathedral, Monterey, CA
Some weeks ago this summer I returned to my former parish in Capitola to preside at the funeral Mass for Al, an wonderful husband, father and parishioner. One of his sons gave a fitting tribute to his dad before the Liturgy of the Word. In this midst of his remarks, he made the astounding statement, "We were not a dysfunctional family." And it is true: Al and his wife and six kids were not! A huge part of this familial health was coming together each evening for dinner.
In the Gospel you hear about the Apostles being so busy 'they had no opportunity to eat.' Our Lord correctly observes how dangerous this is for their spiritual and psychological health and determines to take them off by themselves for a rest. I am willing to bet that because of jobs, sports, and other pressing commitments, only a minority eat together every evening in our parish. If I can use a dramatic term, this is catastrophic for human and spiritual growth for children and their parents.