As we enter the summer, I wish to thank the many people whose dedicated effort make the life of our parish possible. The liturgical ministries, the programs, social events, groups and committees, all kinds of behind-the-scenes work and the (fairly) smooth functioning of the parish happen only because of your willing and capable efforts.
As this bulletin must serve for four weeks, I have prepared brief ‘Scripture Notes’.
May you enjoy Christ’s loving care during this season of warmth and growth.
July 6 - Fourteenth Sunday
The yoke of Christ is love, and by shouldering it we become able to lift burdens beyond our own strength, adding his power to our efforts.
One of the striking characteristics of children is their ability to grow, to learn and to delight in new experiences. If we imagine that we are not ‘little ones’, then we tell ourselves that we no longer need to grow, that there is nothing more to learn. This would be sad, because we would deny ourselves any further experiences of the love of Jesus Christ.
July 13 - Fifteenth Sunday
The Word of God is powerful; it brings life in abundance to all who accept it.
On hearing the parables of Jesus, one of the best questions each of us can ask is, “Which one of these people am I?” or “Where do I fit in this story?” Whether we see ourselves as preparing the soil, sowing the seed or being more or less receptive soil, we are reminded that the Word must be welcomed and honoured before it will give life. Because it is God’s Word, we cannot regulate the time or place of a bountiful harvest or even what it must look like. We simply approach the Word in reverent prayer, confident that our faith will bring us to the abundance of God’s life.
Sunday, July 20 - Sixteenth Sunday
The parables that begin, “The kingdom of God is like . . .” point out that this kingdom is quite different from any other. It is organized to be a life-giving treasure to all who seek it, accept it, embrace it.
Today’s main parable is of particular consolation when we are outraged by the injustice in our world or when we are conscious of our own sinfulness. The Lord is patient, always seeking to give everyone a new opportunity to accept his offer of true life.
July 27 - Seventeenth Sunday
The greatest and most precious gift is the Kingdom of God. Like many treasures, however, it is found only by those who seek it, and its value is detected only by a keen eye.
This kingdom is so different, in fact, that Jesus challenges us to take the time to stop and think carefully about what he is saying. Those who are too busy to stop and let his Word sink into their hearts will never recognize the Kingdom, much less its value, even if they were to stumble over it.