Reflection from Fr. Taylor: July 17, 2016, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Taylor’s Reflection: July 17, 2016, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s readings make a very good case for how important it is for us to open ourselves up to prayer, reflection, and listening to what God has to say to us.

The story of Martha and Mary is a familiar one. There is another gospel about Martha and Mary which has to do with the Resurrection and the time of the death of their brother Lazarus. It is important to listen to today’s story in terms trying to develop a deeper relationship with the Lord.

In our own church communities we often find people who emphasize duty, works, serving on committees and getting things done. There are others who would like to give all their time to prayer and devotion. Actually both of these are important because the parish does not reflect the goodness of God and each other unless we can share all of these. When we face day to day challenges it is easiest for us to take the opinion that the most important thing is just to keep the operation going, and make whatever changes are necessary so that we can survive. This is important, but we can’t lose sight of the reason why the Church is around to begin with. It is to help us meet the kingdom of God, to evangelize and share our faith with others. We are to be there for one another especially in time of crisis and trouble. We are not alone in an uncaring world where we have to make it alone. We are all loved and cared for by God who, through Jesus Christ has shared our life, who knows our crosses and troubles. The bottom line may not look that good but it never has the last word.

God does have a plan for us and He Invites all of us on a journey to a fuller life. The events in the past week have told us all about this. People have grabbed each other and reached out to one another because they know when these things happen no one can go it alone. We all have to reach out and touch some bodies hand. So brothers and sisters we have so much reason to be grateful and to rejoice and to hope.



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