A Reflection From Fr. Gerry
Some years ago, there was a song titled, “I am glad there is you” and part of the lyric stated, “In this world of overrated pleasures and underrated treasures, I am glad there is you.” I like that line because is it not true a lot of the time that we overrate our pleasures and underrate our treasures?
Take for example, a spouse who goes on a weekend fling, knowing very well that he or she could lose their spouses trust and their children’s respect. What is happening here is that a treasure is being risked for a pleasure.
Jesus was very much aware of this tendency in human beings to underrate treasures and overrate pleasures and so he addresses it today.
In our Gospel today, Jesus is talking about a pearl of great prices and the pearl he is talking about is, “The Kingdom of Heaven” and I am sure you may be asking, “What does this mean?” These words sound too up there. However, they are mentioned a total of 23 times in the Gospel and we do not even have a clear definition of them in the Scriptures. However, what we do have are people who try to live Kingdom of Heaven values. We have a very good example of that in todays first reading that speaks to us about Solomon. He asked God for the wisdom to be a good ruler. He did not ask for fame or for wealth, a long life or for power over his enemies. He just asked for wisdom. But sadly, Solomon could not live up to this very precious gift. The story is telling us that wisdom is a wonderful gift, it can and should be our greatest connection to Gospel principles.
Do you remember the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit that we learned about in our religious education classes? The first one was wisdom and then understanding followed by right judgement, courage, knowledge, reverence and awe and wonder at what God has done for us and what he is continuing to do for us and through us.
Wisdom is knowing what is important in life. It is the great pearl. It means being able to see life from God’s viewpoint and trying to live our lives to the best of our abilities as God would want us to. It is God and God only that can satisfy the longing of the human heart. I believe Paul says it well. He says and I quote, “God can make all things work for our good, not just the good things but even the bad, the sad and the painful things too.” Not too many are more qualified than Paul to make a statement like that, particularly when we look back at his life.
May God go with you.
READINGS FOR JULY 26, 2020
17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
1st Reading—1 Kings3: 5, 7-12—God appeared to Solomon in a dream and offered him whatever he desired. The king requested wisdom to govern Israel well. The Lord granted the request.
Psalm 119: 57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130—“Lord, I love your commands.”
2nd Reading—Romans 8: 28-30—All things work for good for people who love God. The Lord God knows, predestines, justifies and glorifies people and calls them to share Christ’s love.
Alleluia! Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; for you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom. Alleluia!
Gospel—Matthew 13: 44-52—Jesus said that the reign of heaven is like a buried treasure and a fine pearl. Those who find it sell all they have to attain it. God is like a householder who brings forth good things, new and old.
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
1) Let us pray for the Church:
Loving God, help all believers to treasure your love beyond all else. Bless Pope Francis, our Bishops, Priests, Deacons and all who minister to us.
2) Let us pray for the world and all its peoples:
Father of the human family, help us accept one another in spite of our
many differences. Inspire our leaders to work for lasting peace. Keep those serving in the military in your loving care.
3) Let us pray for the sick and the suffering:
God, bring healing to all who cry out to you in their pain, especially –
Bill Jawlik Holly Francis Betty & Tony Morici Adam Verrechia
Marge Park Joe D’Anna Bill Knight Dolores Cumming
Elena Perea Cooper Pavkovich Alex Fabian Family
Kallie Moshier Dot Tebelman Pam & Mike Allen Diane Naren
And for all who have asked for our prayers.
5) Let us remember the dead:
May all who look for the priceless gift of eternal life find it in you
O God, especially –
(5:00 Mass) Frederick & Carol Andre
(8:30 Mass) Jay Kanakis, Tracy Golden
(10:30 Mass) Kent Lopez
6) Let us bring before God all our personal needs:
Jesus, through the intercession of St. Anne, your grandmother and our patron, bless our parish family and all our members.
We pray to the Lord…
ANNOUNCEMENTS – July 26, 2020
- In March, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we had to suspend all activities at St. Anne. Even though we are open for Masses, baptisms and funerals, our Religious Education, Youth Ministry and all other social activities continue to be suspended until we hear otherwise from the Archdiocese of Detroit. Hopefully, we will be back to our normal activities sooner than later. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this manner.