July 12, 2020

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Speaking in parables to the crowds who sought him, Jesus tried to clarify the meaning of the kingdom of heaven he so often talked about. This kingdom is not a geographical location, but rather a friendship with the living God, a reality likened to an immense treasure or a precious pearl and capable of increasing a hundred, sixty, or thirty-fold.

The gospel today reminds us that for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, this is the continuing challenge that Jesus issues to both the disciples and to us today, using an agricultural metaphor everyone can understand. Friendship with, and imitation of Christ, begins now on earth to fully bloom later in heaven.

Faith is not something we are born with; instead, it is a gift, a tiny seed, freely planted in our heart at baptism by God and meant to be nurtured in the fertile soil of the Catholic Church, its teachings and traditions. Each of us owes a huge debt of gratitude for the many people who have tilled the soil and helped our seed of faith to grow to the level it is today. However, we must lament, as Jesus did, those whose faith has been weakened or lost and continue to hope and make welcoming overtures for a return to the God who always loves them, and to a church that invites their presence.

God often stokes our faith in surprising ways, even on the tattooed arms of a basketball hero named LeBron James. Someone inspired him to ink these words on both arms: whatever we do in life echoes in heaven. It’s hard to forget words engraved on one’s skin. What about these words?… “I will never forget you, my people, I have written your name on the palm of my hands” (Isaiah 59:15).

Whose faith can you nourish today?

Let Us Pray:

O God, who shows the light of truth to those who go astray so that they may return to the right path, give all who are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ, and to strive after all that does his name honor. Amen.


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