Scott Hoezee, writing for the Centre for excellence in preaching, notes:
"Strange, isn’t it? For ever-so-long now the Church has often been seen by those outside of the Church—and not infrequently by even a good many folks inside the Church—as being a kind of exclusive club. "
The Gospel reading today is not the easiest one to deal with.
Jesus has gone, with his disciples, into Gentile territory. But he was not there to focus on the people of the place. Still, he needed to rest, and so he went into a house, hoping for some quiet time. We don’t know whose house it was.