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The 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

This week we celebrate the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  As we listen to the readings this week-end we can certainly relate to them at this time of year when crops are growing steadily, flowers are in abundance, vegetables are beginning to blossom, and fruit trees are exhibiting a variety of fruits that will be ready for picking soon. We visualize growth in Jesus’ parables in Matthew’s Gospel, The Responsorial Psalm, (“The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest”), the Reading from Isaiah and Paul’s Letter to the Romans.   

How does our faith compare to the seeds and the potential for harvest among the path, rocks, thorns, and rich soil?  The desire within us, to allow the message of Jesus to be “planted” in the rich soil of our hearts and souls, may determine the strength of our faith.  We can continually “water” our faith or we can turn away and allow it to wither.                                         It is our choice – CHOICE is a gift from God that allows us to grow closer to God, return to God when times are troubled, or totally ignore God.                  We may attempt to live the Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy, the 10 Commandments, the Beatitudes, Scripture Readings, participate in the Sacraments, and be nourished by the Eucharist, which we receive at Mass and then are “sent forth” to share the message of Eucharist with others.  We need to support and love each other.                                        Faith Communities work together and warmly welcome all - young families, singles, people with difficulties, etc. as we are Eucharist to each other!                                                                                 In these days of Covid-19, people are afraid to attend Mass – they may hunger for Eucharist but content themselves with the Mass from the Cathedral or live-streamed so that they can be safe.  It is totally understandable and much safer for the young, wisdom people, or those who are compromised by health issues to stay home.    Take time to reflect – how is each of us planted? Do we spend time cultivating our relationship with God?  Do we know others who support or offer support to us?  Take time…

This week the list of Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters who are celebrating their Jubilees is part of the insert – please pray for them as they celebrate the multitude of years of service to God.  Amazing!

 

 

Notes from Nancy

Thoughts and announcements from our Pastoral Director, Nancy Woodcock. Please leave any questions in the comments.