Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 23, 2017

weeds and wheatThis is the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The crowds listening to Jesus know that mustard seed is an invasive weed - no one would ever sow mustard seeds - except God! Today’s scriptures remind us that God’s love encompasses all, and reaches even those that are rejected...those who are on the fringes...those who are broken. God’s love reaches the divorced, the depressed, the homeless, the gay, the jobless and the addicted. Our personal weeds grow together with our wheat. Things cannot be sorted out cleanly now, however much we might like to do so. But God’s love reaches each of us as we are and fills us with forgiveness. This is freely given by God to all of us, and can’t be earned. All we are called to do is to be open to this incredible gift of God, and, in turn, to reach out to others with this same love.

The Readings:

  • Wisdom 12.13, 16-19. We can trust in God’s care. God asks us to treat others as God has shown us: judging with mercy and with an abundance of kindness.
  • Romans 8: 26-27. It is the Spirit that helps us pray, that fills in for our “weaknesses”, that “opens” us to God’s desires for us. God's grace is at work in us even (or especially) when we feel helpless to do anything.
  • Matthew 13:24-43. Three parables of the kingdom. God lets the weeds grow with the wheat, waiting until the harvest. God looks on this world with all its problems with compassion, love, and patience, not panic, hatred, and violence. God invites us to look on the world in the same way and act accordingly.

Of Note:

  • Heard about mindfulness? At Epiphany we practice this kind of meditation, in a Christian context. Come try it out at SoulLife for seven Wednesday evenings between August 28 and December 13, 2017 and a weekend retreat September 22-24, 2017. Contact Linda Thieneman 245- 9733 for information or to sign up.
  • Are you expecting a child? We would love to bless baby and parents! Please contact Fr. Randy, Linda Thieneman or Jim Read to arrange a time, during a Mass or at your convenience.
  • Have a natural gift for hospitality? Consider serving as a Worship Greeter! We are in particular need of help for 11:30 masses. Contact Linda or Fr. Randy if you can help.
  • Weekend Closers are still needed for Saturday evenings and Sunday after 11:30, to serve once a month. Please let Fr. Randy or Linda know if you can help.