17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 31, 2017


The past week, I read Disarming Beauty by Julián Carrón.  He wrote something so apropos for our Gospel this weekend:  An event is something that breaks in from the outside. Something unforeseen. The supreme message of knowledge is that we have to give back to the event its ontological dimension as a new beginning.   That is to say, when something new happens to you, you have to offer something new in return – not a new action, but a new being – you have to allow it to change you.

This is similar to what we said last week:  to open yourself up to the experience, but to do so without judgement.  Do not worry whether this is good or bad – for the moment, it simply is.  Now obviously there are practical activities that require immediate judgement, but that is not what we are talking about here.  We are talking about those events that come into our lives that we did not expect.  Those that do not have clear answers of right or wrong, good or bad.

The kind of events that fell upon Solomon in our first reading.  Solomon, as you know, was the first King of Israel and in his sleep he prayed to God:  Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.  He prayed for an understanding heart – not head.  Solomon prayed that his ego not get in the way of following his heart, and because he did, God answered his prayer.

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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