‘A man must leave his father and mother and join himself to his wife.’
Philip Endean SJ, Professor of theology at the University of Oxford, noted in the opening words of his sermon to the Soho Mass last Sunday, that
“The relationship between today’s scripture and the lived experience of this congregation is … well, interesting.”
As it happens, one of the books I have been reading recently is Endean’s “Karl Rahner and Ignatian Spirituality”, based on his own doctoral thesis on the subject. The German Karl Rahner is notoriously difficult to read – his own brother once remarked that someone should “translate his writing into German. ” I have appreciated the clarity of Endean’s exposition, making Rahner’s dense thought easily intelligible, so I was looking forward to his homily. He did not disappoint.
By starting with the other theme in the Gospel,
‘Let the little children come to me’ ‘Anyone who does not welcome the Kingdom of God as a little child will not enter it at all’
and continuing by comparing this image to the spirituality of St Therese of Lisieux (whose relics are currently on tour around the UK), he proceeded to deliver a homily that I found thought-provoking, helpful and topical. As it also shed some light on the discussion in comments to my recent post on the rosary, I would like to share it with you now.