Pastoral Message

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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time  -June 17, 2018 

 

Faith the size of a Mustard Seed … Happy Fathers’ Day!

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is telling his disciples about the Church: the preaching of the Gospel, the generously sown seed, will unfailingly yield its fruit, independently of who sows or who reaps: it is God who gives the growth (cf. 1 Cor 3:5–9). It will all happen “he knows not how”, without men being fully aware of it. This mysterious growth which our Lord refers to also occurs in each soul: “the Kingdom of God is within you” (Lk 17:21); we can see a prediction of this in the words of Psalm 92:12: “The righteous grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” To allow the mercy of God to exalt us, to make us grow, we must make ourselves small, humble (Ezek 17:22–24; Lk 18:9–14).

What a perfect Gospel for Fathers’ Day! I remember that as a child, I, like you, thought of my Dad as my hero. Dads and Moms could handle anything that we as children threw at them. We could be “bad” or sick at the most inopportune times and they had soothing comforting and supportive patience for us, (from where I did not know at the time), and it promoted healing and growth.  We did not know if we were rich or poor, but we knew we were loved! I/ we grew, both in size and maturity, and now I have the privilege to serve as a priest my highest ideals- my faith in God as heavenly Father and Church as community of nurturing attention on earth. Yes, its true that we all were children once, even our grandparents! … Always a difficult concept to understand for the very young! 

We are all now nourished with God’s Word and Life when we pray or receive the Sacraments and grace grows within us. We become transformed and hopefully we can measure ourselves as helping and serving others, even in small ways. Let us pray for all, but on this day, especially Fathers, who cause growth to occur in us – just as God does for all!                                                                                                  -                                                                                                                                 Fr. Mike