Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time - 5th November 2017
As we come to the end of the Church's year it's good for us to do some soul- searching. It has been a tough year for the Church and today's Gospel does not let us off the hook. In fact, it names one of the challenges before us. The last line of today's Gospel sums up what it has been like for many of us to hear about how some priests betrayed our trust, many victims were disbelieved and a few of our bishops have tried to cover up criminal actions. The exalted have been humbled and the humble exalted. Jesus tells the crowds to listen to what the Pharisees teach, but not to follow their appalling example.