1 Kings 3:5; 7-12; Ps 119:57, 72, 76-77; 128-130; Romans 8:28-30; Mt 13:44-46
What we have in these parable stories of Jesus are different explanations of what the Kingdom of God is and how we are to live in it as opposed to the kingdom of the world, governments and satan. In the readings this weekend, young King Solomon asked God to give him wisdom and understanding to rightly govern God’s numerous chosen people. And God granted Solomon that wish. The Psalm carries that theme.
As a child of God, where did your name come from? Is it a family name, a name that inspired your parents, a saint’s name, or a name they made up?
My name fits the first three categories.
My middle name, Helen, is a family name, the first name of my mother and her mother. It’s fitting because I’m the only child who looks like my mother. When I was born in my grandmother’s home, she took care of me while my mother dealt with the illness of my 18-month-old-sister. My grandmother and I bonded more closely than my mother and I.
Wisdom 12:13,16-19; Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-30
I am writing this on July 18, which is the day of my priestly ordination forty-four years ago. As I have reflected on these readings over the years, many insights come. As we read the four gospels we see many layers of people around Jesus during his public ministry. At Pentecost in the Upper Room there were 120 of Jesus’ closest followers, apostles and male and female disciples. Jesus explained the meaning of the parables and empowered those men and women to go into the whole world announcing his good news of his kingdom.
Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 65:10-14; Romans 8:18-2; Matthew 13:1-9
We begin a new feature this month, the Book of the Month. This book is by a young Catholic evangelist, Matthew Kelly. It is The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic. It fits in with the themes these weeks of bearing more fruit for the kingdom of God. Dynamic Catholics have basically four characteristics:
More powerful than the roar of many waters, more powerful than the breakers of the sea, powerful in the heavens is the LORD. (Psalm 93:4)
My first glimpse of the ocean was at crowded Mission Beach in San Diego as a young bride. Once I saw the breathtaking splendor and power of God’s creation where waves meet sky, I was hooked. Now I look for every possible opportunity to relax on any beach, anywhere. In Maui, the most gorgeous native natural habitat surrounds the almost endless beaches. I have even seen this panorama from a parasail 500 feet above Kauai, Maui and Molokai.
Zechariah 9:9-10; Psalms 145:1-2, 8-14; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11:25-30
Well dear friends in Christ, we have finished the Easter – Pentecost season and a few major feasts, which flow from the life of Jesus on earth. Now we come to rest, as it were, sliding into "home place" from our bobsled run. We slide into ordinary Sundays until we move into the Advent Season at the end of November. Each year we "relive" the life of Jesus in our liturgical daily prayers.