July 20, 2014

16th Sunday - A


Commentary
Matthew 13: 24-43

Small Beginnings

A giant sequoia tree can be taller than a 20-story building, and longer than a Boeing 747 at over 300 feet.

Yet, its seed is tiny.  One seed, among many, hidden in a cone the size of an egg, can grow into such a tree.  And one seed is all it takes.

Similarly, the mystery of the Kingdom of God, as Jesus tells us using the images that the people of his time can relate – the mustard seed and yeast.

And it is also true with the seed of evil and destruction.   The weeds, tiny as they are, can choke up the wheat of goodness.


May we strive to always sow the seeds of the Kingdom, the tiny yet powerful seeds of love.

16th Sunday - A (July 20, 2014)


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Images:  Taken at Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, CA

July 12, 2014

15th Sunday - A

Commentary


Blessed Are Your Eyes, Blessed Are Your Ears

One of the themes of this passage can be seen as the continuation of a theme in the passage we heard last Sunday.  Then, Jesus praised the Father for revealing the mysteries of God’s Kingdom to the little ones.

And today, Jesus identifies the blessing given to the little ones of God’s Kingdom, “Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.   Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

We must recognize and appreciate what we have seen and heard of the mysteries of God and the Kingdom are God’s gifts and blessings.  Only then can we be open to receive God’s mysteries, and be the rich soil where the seed grows and produces fruit.  

15th Sunday - A (July 13, 2014)


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July 5, 2014

14th Sunday - A


Commentary

The Father’s Gracious Will

By this point in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ life and ministry, Jesus has encountered opposition from the religious leaders of the time.  In Chapter 9, they questions Jesus when he tells a paralytic that his sins are forgiven.  They also challenge Jesus for eating with tax collectors and sinners.  These leaders are regarded, and probably see themselves, as “the wise and learned.”  

And immediately prior to these verses, Jesus has called Capernaum to task for its pride, “As for you, Capernaum: ‘Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.’” (11: 23)

It is the “gracious will” of the Father that the Son reveals the Father not to the wise and learned, our the proud, but to the little ones.

The word gracious comes from the word grace, which Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online defines as, “the unmerited gift of divine favor.”

Let’s spend a little time reflecting on what Jesus is telling us:

It is the Father’s gracious will that Jesus came to reveal God to us, the little ones.

14th Sunday - A (July 6, 2014)


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June 21, 2014

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (June 22, 2014)

Commentary
John 6: 51-58

The Gift of Self

The gift of life Jesus gives to the world is the same divine life in the Father and the Son.  "Just as the living Father sent me, and I have life because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will have life because of me."

This gift of life comes to us through the Eucharist - the gift of Jesus on the cross.  He gives us himself to be our food of life, "The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."

As we receive this gift of divine life, we are called and empowered to give ourselves, even to the point of the cross, for the life of the world.

How am I doing that?