JULY 27, 2017 – Thursday in the 16th Week of the Church Year

Saint for the day: Antonio Lucci (August 2, 1682 – July 25, 1752)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Exodus 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20 – Daniel 3:52, …56 – Matthew 13:10-17

“See, I have God for my help. The Lord sustains my soul. I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good.” (Today’s ‘Entrance Antiphon’ from Psalm54)

 When I recently visited one of the friars in my Province who was very near death he said to me, “Daniel, God is playing hid & seek with me.” When I mentioned this to my friend, Roc O’Connor, SJ, he said, “Maybe HE (the friar) is playing hide and seek with God!”

Today’s Gospel is a “hide and seek” kind of reading. So, too, is the reading from Exodus. God doesn’t often reveal His presence in direct & open ways but does it in a way that requires each of us to come to Him through our own limited ways. It’s back to the post resurrection Gospels where Jesus is not at first recognized but only after we are (truly) with Him for a part of the journey. I am reminded of the Elijah encounter on Mt. Horeb where God is not in the earthquake, fire or tornado but in the still, gentle breeze. The huge stadium revival is a good place to first meet Jesus but we must not play hid & seek with Him but be willing to get out on the road – walking hand in hand with Him and with our fellows & let Him meet us there. Sometimes we want God to do more for us without getting our feet dirty walking along with path to heaven. I pray for friars in my province who are closer to the end of their journey that they might gently be aware of God’s precious and healing love and begin to see Jesus welcoming them into the Kingdom. Amen!

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