Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time

In an interview with Bill Moyer, best-selling novelist Barbara Kingsolver discussed the vocation of writing. She said, “When you pick up a novel from the bedside, you put down your own life, and you become another person for the duration. And so you live that person’s life, and you understand in a way that you don’t learn from reading a newspaper, what it is like to live a life that’s completely different from your own.”

“When you put that book down you’re changed; you have something more expansive in your heart that you began with,” she added. “Empathy is the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost.”

In every decision made, someone will benefit, and someone else will pay a price. Jesus embodied such empathy. Oh God, father of us all, instill in us Your Son’s spirit of empathy that opens our hearts and attitudes to realize that all human beings are your children, possessing the same dignity of being your sons and daughters.

Click the video above to watch Father Jerry’s Gospel reading and homily for Saturday.