Archive for July, 2014

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 27, 2014

WISDOM AND ACCOMPANIMENT 

According to our readings today, one might could summarize wisdom as the treasure in the field and the pearl of great price.  Once we have found wisdom, then we will know the love of God and all things will be understood as the glory of God.

But how do we receive or come to know this wisdom?  And what do we do with it once we have known it?

As the encyclical, Evangelii Gaudim, speaks of it – with wisdom, we will engage in the “art of accompaniment” and remove our sandels before the sacred ground of the other. We will listen to them knowing that they are helping us to listen to God.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (1 Kings 3:5,7-12; Psalm 119; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52).

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 20, 2014

LIVING WITH THE WEEDS

You have heard me say many times before that, for those who believe, there is always a resurrection.  Suffering is never without meaning; pain is never without healing; mistakes are never without redemption.

In today’s first reading, Wisdom tells us that we have “good ground for hope:  for God gave us the ability to repent from our sins.”

But some would ask, why did God give us the ability to sin at all?    Or to put the question in the context of the Gospel, why does God allow for the weeds?  After all, God is God – why wouldn’t God just create a world with only wheat?  Why must we struggle and toil?  Why must good struggle against evil?

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Wisdom 12:13, 16-19; Psalm 86; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43).

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 13, 2014

PREPARING FOR A HARVEST

Usually, when I think about this Gospel, I ask myself about the seeds I am sowing in my own life? Are they seeds that produce fruit and food for nourishment? Or do they grow into weeds that choke off what would otherwise give life? When these seeds mature, what kind of harvest will they produce?

These are. . . good, necessary, provocative questions; but they are not my focus today. Today, I would like to talk about the soil. If the Word of God is the seed, then we become the soil – not just me or you – but WE. All of us. Individually, we have enough soil for A seed to live; but together, we have enough soil to produce an abundant harvest. And indeed this parish community is upon very, very fertile ground. Which means that we have a responsibility to plant well so that the Lord may reap an abundant harvest.

Over the past year, I have been planting seeds here and there – asking questions about what kind of parish community we want to be. By now we are all aware that our community is growing – new condo developments are getting higher all the time and more people are coming to this parish to feed on the word of God and Bread of Life. Where many parishes are getting older and slowing dying, St. Basil’s is getting younger and thriving.

This Sunday, you are given an invitation.   I don’t believe in burdening you with unnecessary pressure, but I do want to raise your awareness through the invitation of the Gospel today.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 65; Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23).

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 6, 2014

BURDENED BY OUR EGO

As you listen to our first reading today, I want you to hear it in your own time and circumstances. Think about the headlines in the news – threats of war, collapsing infrastructure, population growth, tensions within families, etc. . . Because this is how Zechariah understood his circumstances, and yet he was given a promise that peace would come – the promise we hear in our first reading.

So take a moment and take a deep breath – go ahead – take a deep breath and hold it.

Jesus tells us, “Come to me all you who labour and are weary, for I will give you rest. ”

Now Exhale.  Exhale and let go of the burdens – for you live according to the spirit, not of the flesh. This is the message of the scriptures today.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Zechariah 9:9-10; Psalm 145; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11:25-30).