July 16, 2017 – 15th Sunday in the Church Year

 

Today’s Liturgical Celebration: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Isaiah 55:10-11  –  Psalm 6   –  Romans 8:18-2  –  Matthew 13:1-23

“A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seek fell on the path, and some fell on rocky ground. Some got choked by weeds and died. Some fell on good ground and produced good fruit. (From today’s Holy Gospel: Matthew 13)

God provides everything for seed to grow and flourish. We must actively do our part to receive it and nurture it. It has always been a perplexing question to ask why one seems to have faith and grow easily – in good soil -while another struggles and never seems to get rooted in the rocky ground. We can ask, “why are some people born in Arctic Regions while others end up on the deserts. Why was I born into a white, middle class American family while another was born into a poor, black, out-back country? Who are god’s “chosen people? Or does God have favorites? Or better yet … does God care?

And let’s not even go into the question of why there is evil in the world in the first place. So how do we make sense of today’s scriptures? Each of us – whether rich or poor, black or white – has been born into a time and place – just like Jesus. And we can’t always take Jesus out of His time and plop Him into our world anymore than I could go back to live in Jesus’ time.   “Be Here Now” and be the person you are. Do I receive God’s nurturing love and let it blossom in my life? I can’t make myself black, poor or ignorant but I can use God’s love to bring us all together. God provides everything for seed to grow and flourish. We must actively do our part to receive it and nurture it. It has always been a perplexing question to ask why one seems to have faith and grow easily – in good soil -while another struggles and never seems to get rooted in the rocky ground. We can ask, “why are some people born in Arctic Regions while others end up on the deserts. Why was I born into a white, middle class American family while another was born into a poor, black, out-back country? Who are god’s “chosen people? Or does God have favorites? Or better yet … does God care?

And let’s not even go into the question of why there is evil in the world in the first place. So how do we make sense of today’s scriptures? Each of us – whether rich or poor, black or white – has been born into a time and place – just like Jesus. And we can’t always take Jesus out of His time and plop Him into our world anymore than I could go back to live in Jesus’ time.   “Be Here Now” and be the person you are. Do I receive God’s nurturing love and let it blossom in my life? I can’t make myself black, poor or ignorant but I can use God’s love to bring us all together in the family of Jesus. Amen!

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