May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
During this Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time we continue to hear our Lord use various parables to describe the Kingdom of heaven… like a merchant searching for fine pearls… or a treasure buried in a field… or a net thrown into the sea. These parables are various angles of one message of hope. This message of hope makes me think about the world we now live. This pandemic period and the many references to “when things get back to normal.” I honestly do not find those references comforting in any way. I do not think we will flip a switch at some point and get back to “normal.” I do not think these worldly references are full of hope.
But I do find the parables of the Kingdom of heaven full of hope. As we draw closer to God, to His Way, His Life, His Truth we move closer to that hidden treasure or pulling in the net with an abundance of fish of every sort. I think the ambiguity of today’s environment is making the need for true hope clearer than ever. This clearer picture certainly places our need for God at the center of everything. Furthermore, His Grace is at work in this truth as we continue to focus on this Year of the Eucharist. We need this focus and today’s world reminds us of this need.
In today’s first reading from the Book of Kings, Solomon asks God not for riches, not for long life, nor for the life of his enemies. Solomon asks for understanding, for wisdom to know what is right. As a leader of many people Solomon understood his own ambiguous environment and overwhelming needs of the people. Solomon asked God to show him the way. That is the point for all of us. We need to rely on His Way, His Life and His Truth.
I think this wisdom along with the hope of the great treasures God’s Kingdom provides, we can overcome the unknowns of our world this day and the ambiguities of this pandemic.
Last weekend was a great weekend despite the oppressive heat. We were able to safely celebrate several Masses, seven first holy communions with first penance as well as a baptism.
God is good!
Stay safe and cool,