This is the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today, as in any time, we see the ranking of human beings. The rich are more important than the poor. The whiter one’s skin, the more superior one is. The ones who believe my way are saved while those who believe a different way are not. Arabs are less valued, evidenced graphically by the millions of refugees seeking safety and security as they flee home only to come face to face with a wall, be it a wall of stone or barbed wire, or a wall of dismissal or hatred. They are less value. It can often be heard that it is only the deserving poor who should get assistance. And, particularly poignant this month, which is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month as well as Respect Life month, women are debased and discarded, raped and beaten, lack rights and education, world-wide.
The readings this weekend are about the act of God creating and valuing. God values relationship and intimacy among humans and between humans and God. In the time of these writings, covering a vast period of time, women and children were considered less than human, were inferior or discounted and, worse, discarded. From the time Genesis was put together from different stories of creation, to the time of the Gospel or Mark, to the times of communities of followers of Jesus after he had been gone for a while, these readings are all about relationships, intimacy, respect, equality, value in the different contexts in which they were written. This is what matters to God and to Jesus.