July 23, 2017 – 16th Sunday of the Church Year

 

Scripture readings for today’s Liturgy:Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 – Psalm 86 – Romans 8:26-27 – Matthew 13:24-43

“You Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.” (Today’s ‘Responsorial Psalm 86)

 Three images of Heaven: the wheat and weeds; the mustard seed; & the leaven & dough. Jesus gives His followers three different choices in ways that they might come to understand the desire that God has for all people to come into the kingdom of Heaven. This invitation is given to all the people who have not always been faithful to the covenant – who have been committed at one time and fickle at another (wheat & weeds); to the poor and insignificant of the world – the little people (the mustard seed) and those “rolling in dough” the ones who are puffed up (the leaven) and think they have already “made it on their own “ and that are still needing God’s kneading to add that little extra push to make it all work.

As is usually the case, we are, at various times in our lives in one or another of those images. We commit to follow Jesus and then drift away. We have periods when we think ourselves too insignificant to be of any worth in the larger picture of   Salvation history and – the category where most of us spend the greater part of our journey – self-reliant and comfortable being a “pancake” when God would have us be a huge, delicious Bundt Cake! The choice is always there and God doesn’t force His presence on us. “Life is a banquet and most poor sob’s are starving to death!” (Auntie Mame) Amen?

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