Homily for Sunday July 21 Martha immediately was busy preparing something for Jesus while Mary preferred to sit beside Jesus and awaited His words. Martha complained but Jesus reminded her that Mary chose the better part. Mary and Martha represent two kinds of peersons in our society today. They are those who believe that life is about doing. They are those who consider work as the best way to live life.
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This past week I found myself asking God why things happen the way they do? If God is all powerful, could he not prevent tragedy or evil? Inherent in this question, is a deeper underlying question as to how exactly does God act in the world in the first place? God rarely acts with lightning bolts or intervenes in every decision of our life. It might be nice to think that God could eradicate genocide, slavery, climate-change, inconsiderate taxi drivers and other serious evils from our world and our roads, but if God did that, what would happen to our free will? No, God acts through us — we are his hands and feet, as the hymn says. Free will — to do good or to do evil — is the greatest gift God gave us as creatures, and he created us precisely to be able to choose between good and evil, and blest us with consciences so that we might take responsibility for our lives — that we might live in freedom. God created us so that we might love God, but that meant that God had to allow for the possibility that we might choose not to love him. After reflecting on these readings and thinking about this question, I want to share with you that if we want God to act, we must have patience and faith: patience that He will act, and faith that He has acted. Despite these very stark images, they all share a common theme.
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This parable seems simple enough. I think most of us interpret it as saying that the sower is God. He sows with Jesus and He sows good seed. And, of course, the good seed are the people. And then an enemy comes and puts weeds among them.
The Justice and Mercy of our God! Readings: 1st: This brief reflection was written by Fr.