September 20, 2022
by Scott McClure
Creighton University - retired
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Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs
Lectionary: 450

Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13
Psalm 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44
Luke 8:19-21

Praying Ordinary Time

About these martyrs from Saint of the Day

An Even Better Marriage

‘The road’ is an often-used metaphor. It symbolizes a journey to be had; a way to be taken from one point to another as well as the way in which it might be taken. In this way the road is vector-like, having both magnitude and direction when animated by the one who journeys. The road can, therefore, also encompass the one who journeys and all her/his dispositions, preconceptions, decisions, and baggage (of both the literal and figurative sorts). 

Though the word ‘road’ is not mentioned in today’s readings, its meaning is embedded throughout them. Take the first reading. The Lord directs the king’s heart. We hear of the ways of a man. Likewise, our responsorial psalm mentions the way and the path. The sentiments of ‘road’ and ‘journey’ abound in today’s scripture and to take the metaphor a step further, the stones that pave this road are laid out right in front of us. These stones have names, too. Names like Righteousness, Justice, Humility, Honesty, and Charity. Notice the stones that are not present: Arrogance, Pride, Selfishness, and Deceit. 

Whether we conceive of this road as being straight or winding, inclining or declining, treacherous or easy, hidden by darkness, fog or mist - or illuminated with the clarity of sunlight, does not so much matter. Indeed, the road can take any of these forms at different points of the journey. What does matter, I think, is that the road is made for us. God has labored and continues to labor to make sure this road is available to us. Let us be the mothers, brothers and sisters who journey it.

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