PASTOR’S CORNER July 6, 2011
I can vividly remember the first time I prepared to preach on these readings. I was newly ordained and sitting at my desk at St. Ann’s in Wildwood trying to get an idea for a homily. I was distracted by a torrential downpour and as I looked out the window the rain was running down the streets and into the sewers and I thought: what a waste of good rain water. The light bulb in my head went on and the readings came alive. Some of that water was finding a way to water the earth and make in fertile. Most of it would run into the ocean and be recycled but it wasn’t returning to God until it did its job: keep us alive and able to give praise to God. The same with the seed in the Gospel — some of it flourished but it took a lot of wasted seed to provide for the needs of the people.
What does this tell us about our wonderful God? He provides us with abundance and keeps trying to bless us. So often our sin and the sin of the world gets in the way and causes us suffering and we lose sight of the many blessings that are abound around us. Jesus calls us to “repent”, to rethink what we are doing and why we are doing it. Once we recognize the futility of our actions we will naturally be “reformed” by the immense mercy of our God. I urge you in these few weeks of summer to make an extra effort to come and celebrate the Eucharist during the week, make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament and while driving – pray the rosary (it’s a lot safer than getting road rage) and finally read the best book: The Bible. (Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth)
Last week we celebrate Independence Day, the following is George Washington’s Prayer for the People of the United States. Makes you wonder about all misinformation and misunderstanding of separation of Church and State:
‘ Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.’