“Call No Man Father”

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

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This Sunday’s gospel provides us an opportunity to do a little practical apologetics. Apologetics is a word coming from the Greek¬†apologia which means “to give an explanation.” It is the word St. Peter uses when he instructs the faithful to “always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is within you, with gentleness and reverence” (1 Pt 3:15). When someone engages in apologetics, the goal is to explain some aspect of our faith, or to clear away misconceptions. The gentleness and reverence St. Peter calls for is key. Some people have a distaste for apologetics because they associate it with arguing about religion.¬† True apologetics is not about having arguments or winning debates. It is about removing obstacles to faith and helping people better understand our teachings and practices.

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