Reflection for July 23, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Don't worry about the weeds

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Perfection is not the point; being open to God's goodness is

by Sister Renee Delvaux

In Sunday's scripture, Psalm 86 proclaims that the Lord is always good and forgiving, merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. This applies well to today’s three parables in the Gospel of Matthew (13:24-43).

Look at the patience, love and forgiveness shown by God:

  • When the householder lets the wheat and weeds grow together until harvest. God accepts us with the wheat and weeds entangled in our lives.  He sees the invasive weeds in our lives and is merciful and forgiving.
  • When the mustard seed, rejected by most,  is nurtured and allowed to grow to maturity.  God’s love encompasses all and reaches out to those who are rejected, broken, depressed, homeless, addicted.  No matter how much mustard seed we have growing in our lives, God reaches out to us in love and forgiveness.
  • When the woman mixes the yeast with the flour and it becomes leaven bread.  The Spirit is always at work in our lives, seen and unseen as the yeast in the flour and dough, quietly and patiently nudging and transforming us as we strive to be open to God’s grace. Truly, the Spirit comes to our aid in our weakness.

God’s love and forgiveness are freely given and cannot be earned. How can we respond to such an incredible loving God who is always abounding in kindness? Our humble response can be an openness and gratitude to God, and in turn, reaching out to others with the same love, mercy and forgiveness.


6 Comment(s)

  • Fr. Bill Jacobs: Friday, July 21, 2017

    Beautifully Done, Sister!

    Thanks for sharing..

    Father Bill Jacobs

  • Ellen Kane: Friday, July 21, 2017

    Love the analogy of the Spirit as the yeast in our lives helping us to expand by love!

  • Linda: Friday, July 21, 2017

    I hear something a little different, and I realize that, in my lifetime, my understanding of each of these stories and its meaning, have changed - or developed - or grew (just as the images in each story tell us, as life goes on ...). But I definitely see that both JESUS - and his listeners - were trying to convey and to grasp something of how and why and from whence, evil comes, when only good seed was sown by God. So we begin to hear how 'sneaky' evil really is. After all, all good seed had been sown, but then as everyone 'sleeps - ' is unaware, unconscious, or not paying attention - an 'enemy' sneaks in to sow its own brand of chaos, violence, oppression, and assault against all the innocent living. "How can this ever be corrected?" seems to be the haunting question.

    Then the yeast: it takes a very skilled woman to know how to make the dough 'just right' so that it will rise and grown to make to an abundance of good, life-giving food to feed others.

    The mustard seed: this is a 'wild-growing' plant. It cannot be contained. It grows where, and as, it will. JESUS says, "this, too, is what the kingdom of heaven (God's Life/Love/Presence) is like."

  • Claire Letourneaux: Friday, July 21, 2017

    Wonderful analogies thank you for reaffirming God's mercy and love.

  • Margaret Georgia: Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Love it! Thank you!

  • fran: Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Thanks, Renee, for your insightful reflection.

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