St Francis Xavier Frankston
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St Francis Xavier
60 Davey Street, Frankston, Vic 3199
Rev Chinua Okeke CSSp
(03) 9783 3484
Mon - Fri 9am to 4pm

St Francis Xavier

Homily, Sixteen Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C


The theme that runs through the Readings of this Sunday is hospitality, which in a sense has link to the Gospel of last week which invited us to reach out to our neighbours especially at their moment of vulnerability.

The First Reading, (Gen 18:1-10), presented us with the hospitality of the household of Abraham.  According to the story, it was a hot day and Abraham was sitting under the oak tree in front of his tent, he suddenly noticed some strangers, (three men), standing a stone-throw from where he was sitting.  Abraham accosted them and invited them to come and have a rest under the oak tree saying, “If I find favour with you, kindly do not pass your servant by.  A little water shall be brought; you shall wash your feet and lie down under the tree.  Let me fetch a little bread and you shall refresh yourselves before going further.”

Sarah, (Abraham’s wife), baked bread, and the servants of Abraham prepared veal and the family served the food to the strangers who ate with great delight.  The strangers were so taken up by the hospitality of the household of Abraham that they promised Abraham and Sarah that their childless marriage will be blessed with a child within the next twelve calendar months.  Thus, Abraham and Sarah were also ‘gifted’ through their hospitality.

When we are hospitable, we may even entertain angels unknowingly,  (Heb 13:2).  We read from Genesis 19:1 that those visitors of Abraham were angels.  A story has been told of a priest in Nigeria who decided to disguise himself as a madman to see how he would be treated by his parishioners.  He came to the parish church and he was mis-treated.

I do realise that through the wickedness of men and women, charity has grown cold, (Mt 24:12).  There are stories of those who have gone out of their way to help those they had adjudged to have needed help at the roadside, or people who knocked at their doors for assistance and were robbed or attacked by those they had reached out to help.  It is painful when hospitality turns sour, but we must not give up because of some ’bad eggs’ in the society.

The Gospel, (Lk 10:38-42), narrated the story of Martha, her sister Mary and Jesus. This was another story about hospitality.  Martha, Mary and Lazarus were friends of Jesus and Jesus visited them at home. In today’s Gospel, during one of such visits, Martha and Mary were home.  Martha might have been the eldest and an established woman because she owned the house:  “Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.” 

Martha was enthusiastic to entertain Jesus, whereas her sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to him. Martha who felt overwhelmed with all the serving spoke out to Jesus that he should instruct Mary to help her.  To Martha’s surprise, Jesus rebuked her for “worrying and fretting about so many things”.

There are different interpretations to Jesus’ motive for criticising Martha.  Let me state categorically, that it is not wrong to ask for help when we need it.  That is acknowledging our limitations.   However, in rebuking Martha, Jesus may be stating unequivocally that the

Good News was paramount, and everything should be at the service of the Good News, hence Mary must not be deprived of listening to the Good News.  Mary’s sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to him has a link to discipleship.  Secondly, Jesus may be saying to Martha that one dish was enough rather than many dishes.  Thirdly, Jesus may be criticising the act of “doing” in which one is so occupied by activities that one has no time for meaningful relationship with one’s family or friends. 

In contemporary society, due to economic demands, one may be putting in too many hours at work that by the time one comes home, one is too tired to have a conversation or interaction with one’s family.  Such long hours, constantly at work, may put stress on the family leading to family separation and divorce.  There needs to be a balance between work and spending quality time with one’s family.  One should always work with the family and not for the family.

The story of Martha and Mary also brings to fore the tension that exists between contemplative life and active life.  Both vocations are gifts from the Holy Spirit and need to be nurtured.  Each person should be content with what gift he/she may have.   If one is akin to getting something done, to God be the glory, or if one is more of a thinker and a planner, to God be the glory too.

In all things, let us be mindful of the generosity of God, who though rich, became poor for our sake! (2Cor 8:9).            

Fr Chinua Okeke  Cssp



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Upcoming Events

Combined Parish Festival

Combined parish


Theme: One Heart & One Soul

Sunday 25 August

 @ St. Francis Xavier

This special festival is to celebrate our different      cultures by joining together and sharing what

we have to create one heart and one soul.

Next Planning Meeting: Friday 12th June 



Confirmation enrolments are now open! Please collect an enrolment form from the office and return it by

September 13.



Envision’s Challenge


We are commencing a School and Parish  initiative in collecting plastic bottle lids, eg milk, which will be sent to Envision. Envision use the lids and turn them into prosthetic arms for under privileged children.  It takes 800 bottle top lids to make one arm.

 Our aim is to collect one million bottle tops by end of  year.  Please spread the word to family and friends about  reducing plastic waste  -  all clean, bottle top lids are welcome, and can be left at School / Parish 

Box for your lids is in the foyer



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