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The 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week we celebrate the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time.   The Readings this week call us to examine what our priorities are in life.  What do we value most – our physical goods or “riches” that we can store or count?  Do we love ourselves more than we love the God who created us?                                                                              We are instructed to love God, love our neighbor and ourselves but how do we hear the parable in today’s Gospel?  Is it in our best interests to store everything for a “rainy day” or should we share what we have with others?  Each one of us has many gifts to share.  Those gifts have been given to us by God.  How do we surrender ourselves to a relationship with God that frees us to serve joyfully?

 

“Nothing is more practical than finding God,

than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with,                                                         what seizes your imagination,                                                          will affect everything.

It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning,

what you do with your evenings,

how you spend your weekends, what you read,                                whom you know,                                                                                  what breaks your heart,                                                                      and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.”

(Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907-1991)

 

When looking at our lives what would others believe we were in love with or had faith in?

 

As we consider our time on earth and the gifts we have been given, take time to reflect on the poem above in relationship to the Responsorial Psalm of today:

 

“If today you hear God’s voice,                               harden not your hearts.”

 

Take time…PRAY…Open our hearts…

 

 

 

Notes from Nancy

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