Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 30, 2017

Where your treasure isThe 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The news around the world each day confronts us with images and stories that can push us to the core of our faith and conscience, and lead us to seek out meaning and understanding. This weekend’s scriptures offer us some insight into how we might see and respond to these realities. God offers King Solomon any gift, and Solomon asks that he be given an understanding heart to distinguish right from wrong. In the gospel reading, Jesus invites us to be a part of the kingdom of heaven, a reign of God on earth now and for all time. This is the true treasure, worth giving up all else. What do we truly treasure? Do we accept the “cost” of discipleship?

The Sunday Readings:

  • 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12. God said to Solomon, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” With humility, Solomon wants wisdom, an understanding heart and right judgment.
  • Romans 8:28-30. Paul declares that all things ultimately are working for the good for those who love God.
  • Matthew 13:44-46. Jesus again is using parables to jar the hearer into understanding the reality of the kingdom of heaven. The reign of God is so precious, all else pales. And God, for Jesus, is about the treasure of the person, especially the poor and the marginalized.

Of Note:

  • Engaged couples: congratulations! We’d love to celebrate with you and bless this preparation time for your Marriage. Please contact Fr. Randy, Jim Read or Linda Thieneman to arrange a time for a blessing!
  • Curious about SoulLife?
    • We will meet on 7 Wednesday evenings between Aug 30 and Dec 13 and for a retreat weekend Sep 22-24.
    • We will use part of Roberet Sardello’s book Silence,The Mystery of Wholeness for our resource reading.
    • Contact Linda Thieneman 245- 9733, Sharon Allen 417-8721, or Maureen Kelly 939-1478 for more information or to sign up for this Fall’s sessions.
  • 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 T 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.