15 Sunday of Ordinary Time

A Reflection From Fr. Gerry

One of Christ’s favorite ways of teaching was through parables and parables are fictitious stories told to us by Christ in order to illustrate a truth. They also challenge us to do our own thinking. Not only does he tell us an important parable today, but he also explains it.

There are four words that stand out to me in this parable. The first two are hearing and listening. Isn’t it true of you and me that sometimes we don’t hear things even though our ears are in good working order, just picture this scene. A husband comes home from work, he greets his wife and asks her if anything interesting happened today. The wife begins to talk by telling him that a neighboring couple had a baby boy and that a close friend got a promotion in her job and right in the middle of the sentence the husband asks, what’s for dinner? The wife stops and looks him right between the eyes and says, you haven’t heard one word I’ve said. Of course, the poor husband had to agree that she was right. I think we can all identify with that scene. We have played both parts. We have talked without being heard, and we have listened without fully hearing. Jesus could fully identify with that also.

Now, a brief explanation about the seed and the soil. A seed is something that has life in it and by using this analogy Jesus reveals to us that the word of God is also alive. It is not simply information or instruction. It is God communicating himself to us live. When I was reflecting on the word soil, something came to me that I had not thought about before. The Gospel does speak about the different kinds of soil on which the seed falls – the footpath, the rocky ground, the thorny ground and the fertile ground. We think of that as representing different kinds of people, but it also struck me that it represents different parts of our lives – our private life, our family life, our business life, and our social life. Parts or our lives may be rich soil where we receive the word of God and it takes root. But it may not occur to us to let the word of God also affect other parts of our lives. To use a stereo-typical example, the movies sometimes portrays a mafia man who goes to church every Sunday and is dedicated to his family, but also routinely kills people or orders others to do so. The word of God never entered that part of his life. Well, we don’t go around killing people, but we might have some parts of our lives where we don’t let the word of God enter. So, I recommend that we read and reflect on this parable from time to time. It is a very interesting one. It could change our day; it could even change our life. May God go with you.

 

 Readings for the week of July 19, 2020

Sunday:           Wis 12:13, 16-19/Ps 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 [5a]/Rom 8:26-27/Mt 13:24-43 or 13:24-30

Monday:          Mi 6:1-4, 6-8/Ps 50:5-6, 8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 [23b]/Mt 12:38-42

Tuesday:          Mi 7:14-15, 18-20/Ps 85:2-4, 5-6, 7-8 [8a]/Mt 12:46-50

Wednesday:    Sg 3:1-4b or 2 Cor 5:14-17/Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 [2]/Jn 20:1-2, 11-18

Thursday:        Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13/Ps 36:6-7ab, 8-9, 10-11 [10a]/Mt 13:10-17

Friday:              Jer 3:14-17/Jer 31:10, 11-12abcd, 13 [cf. 10d]/Mt 13:18-23

Saturday:         2 Cor 4:7-15/Ps 126:1bc-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 [5]/Mt 20:20-28

 

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

1) Let us pray for the Church:

God of all Creation, plant your Word down deep in the hearts of all

believers.  May our leaders speak the Word with conviction.

 

 2) Let us pray for the world:

Bring peace to the nations, O Lord, and justice for the poor.

Help all the earth’s people to live as one family.

 

3) Let us pray for healing in our country:

God, you are our source of healing. End the strife of racism. Please keep those who are in the health care field safe from the Covid19. May those working toward a cure be guided by your hand.

 

4) Let us pray for the sick of our community:

Shower down your blessings upon those who suffer in mind or body —

Holly Francis                   Tony & Betty Morici          Marge Park

Joe D’Anna                      Adam Verrechia                  Bill Knight  Dolores Cumming

Elena Perea                      Cooper Pavkovich               Bernie Potts, Jr.

Alex Fabian Family        Kallie Moshier                      Dot Tebelman

And bring healing to all who have asked for our prayers.

 

5) Let us remember the dead:

Give eternal freedom and glory to our loved ones who have died, especially —   Jonathon Davis, son of Marcia & Dave Bonner and…

(5:00 Mass)  Ruth and Jack Fetzer, Ernie &  Georgeanna Cole

(8:30 Mass)  Chuck Corey

(10:30 Mass)  Fr. Bernie Mullen, Mary Hewitt, Jack Zubalik

 

6) Let us pray for our personal needs: 

Keep our hearts alive, O Holy Spirit, with imagination and wonder.

May we always revere the beauty of the earth and respect the gift of life.

                                                                                We pray to the Lord…