This past week the entire world was shocked and dismayed when two terrible explosions devastated Beirut, killed 135 people and seriously injured 5000. Where was God in that awful moment? Whenever shocking events rock the world, many shake their heads, and wonder what God is up to. But is this the only response of a committed Christian? Or can we, in fact, “Find God in all Things?”.
We come together on Sunday to be nourished – at the twin tables of God’s Word in Scripture, and the table of the Bread of Life which is the Eucharist. How fitting that on this day that we are re-opening the church for public worship at the Sunday 11 a.m. Mass, that we should be hearing the Gospel account of Jesus feeding the multitudes with the loaves and fishes!
"We ask you now, Lord Jesus, to reveal to each of us the treasure where our own heart really is. May many of us pray, ‘Lord Jesus, transform me. I am just what I am, and I cannot change myself. But I am not satisfied to be what I am any longer. Lord, please send change me, give me another Treasure."
The Kingdom of God - A Mysterious and Powerful Grace
Fr. Lloyd Baugh SJJuly 17, 2020
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Christ invites us to enter God’s Kingdom – the presence of God and Love of God. “The Kingdom of God” is a complex mystery, spiritually and theologically: what It is . . . how It moves in our lives . . . the transformations It effects in us, individually and socially, and in the world in which “we live and move and have our being.” True to His own culture, and to reach as many people as possible, Jesus reveals essential dimensions of God’s Kingdom through parables.
As we gather in the midst of this blistering heatwave, we are challenged by one of Jesus’ best-known parables: the story of a farmer who sows abundantly, pouring out seed into soils of varying degrees of receptivity, and promising an abundant harvest.