16th Sunday in Ordinary TimeJuly 17, 2011
IN GOOD COMPANY
Just over the past few weeks, I have had a number of conversations with people who just don’t feel like they “fit in” in church. They don’t really feel like they pray right or they don’t really like to pray at all; they feel like church is boring – they like to drink and listen to music they know they shouldn’t; they like to go out to clubs; and some of them confess to worse.
All of this to say, they don’t feel like they really belong in church – because they compare themselves to what they see in others (like that is ever accurate!) So while you think that you don’t belong, chances are someone else feels that because of what they perceive in you, they feel they don’t belong. So now we are left with nobody feeling like they belong.
But the images of today’s Gospel should give us comfort for they remind us that God loves us – good and bad. And God is quite patient with us while we take time.
This Sunday, we are challenged to see our own potential and to be patient for we are in good company.
CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Wisdom 12:13, 16-19; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43)