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The 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 28, 2019

This week we celebrate the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Readings today reinforce the Responsorial Psalm “Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.”  In the First Reading we meet Abraham bargaining with God.  In the Second Reading we hear Paul express how God is kind and compassionate.  In the Gospel we hear of the intimate relationship with God and God’s children.                                                         How do we pray?  How have our various means of prayer changed as we have grown older?  Do we remember bargaining with God as a child or when something has gone wrong in our life – can we hear the “if you do this God, I will do this” – in our prayer?  Have we grown into a relationship that no longer asks for favors but is a steady, flowing exchange between God and ourselves?  Taking time to “rest” in God allows us to “hear” what God is sharing with us.  Our lives become a prayer – just as Mary and Martha were a team of action and time with Jesus in last week’s Gospel – our actions are reinforced by the time we spend with God.                                     Time is a resource that many of us overlook when we think of God.  To “do” something is easier than to quiet ourselves and allow God to enter our minds and souls and captivate us with God’s love.  It is only in the attention that we give to God that we realize the immense love that God has for us and through that love we are given the strength & courage to serve.  Take time to reflect…




Notes from Nancy

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