Sunday Reflections

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 30, 2023

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Rita Bailey, Apostle of the Resurrection

I remember learning about similes and metaphors in Grade 9 English class. The teacher used Shakespeare as her model but this Sunday’s Gospel reading is rich in examples.

In these simple figures of speech, we learn much about the kingdom of heaven. It is a like a treasure, it brings joy, and we must search for it. Our time and attention are required and we might have to forego other pursuits. Not a one-time event, it is an ongoing daily process, as we throw our nets into the seas that make up our lives.

After reading I reflected on my own life and where I find the kingdom of heaven. What are my treasures? My joys?

A day at the beach with my three-year-old grand-nephew, the water warm and the breeze cooling our skin, collecting the perfect mix of sand and water to create our castles.

A meal with friends and family, everyone sharing a special dish, the conversation and laughter filling our hearts.

My parish community as we join for Sunday liturgy, greeting each other, listening to the Word, coming together as one in the Eucharist.

Another treasure is this community, the Apostles of the Resurrection. Each of us has been enriched by sharing our faith in a community joined together by a common charism. Our mini-retreats, weekly scripture reflections and in-person or on-line gatherings allow us to live our faith in a special way.

None of these examples are solitary activities. They require our participation, our engagement with our sisters and brothers. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, let us remember each day to do our part to help make “…thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in Heaven.”

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