Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Charge to Keep – Gospel in Preparation for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Charge to Keep – Gospel in Preparation for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Whether popular or unpopular, praised or defamed, the role of the Church is to stay true to God and His revelation. Only then does it serve and save the world. No one has captured this great paradox better than Charles Wesley in the third verse of his brief little hymn, A Charge To Keep I Have. May it be the ardent prayer of us all:

“To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill,. O, may it all my powers engage to do my Master’s will”

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Abundant Grace – First Reading in Preparation for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Abundant Grace – First Reading in Preparation for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This is how it always is with God. His grace is not just sufficient, it is abundant. There is always some left over. When he sets a table, it is a banquet. When he pours the wine, “my cup runneth over”. His gifts are not miserly but lavish. It is his pleasure to pour out blessing. This we must know and claim in every corner of our lives and every day of our lives. Yes, we face grave difficulties and hard times, but we must know that his promise is for us: “They shall eat and there shall be some left over.” As Jesus himself said, “Fear not, little flock, it is the Father’s good pleasure to give……”(Luke 12:32)

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The Treasure of Divine Union – Gospel for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Treasure of Divine Union – Gospel for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The parables teach us that though God’s grace coupled with our own willful efforts, we can disconnect from our natural, concupiscent urges and impulses and gain dominion over ourselves and thus act most perfectly in accordance with that which we recognize to be good and true… Through the parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Value Christ insists that detachment must be achieved at whatever cost that we may obtain the single greatest gift that exists in the universe: the knowledge and love of God

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Holiness and Hope – Second Reading for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holiness and Hope – Second Reading for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

One of the last things any of us wants to hear in the midst of suffering is that somehow God will bring good out of that situation. But Paul is talking about far more than some sort of spiritual “making lemonade out of lemons.” This passage speaks to us about the restoration of a grace that we have lost by our sin, the grace of original holiness. God created us in freedom not so that we might rebel against him, but so that we might partake in his divine life and share in his glory (CCC 398). This is the great and unfathomable good for which we have been created; this is the great and unfathomable good from which we cut ourselves off by our sin. And it is the great and unfathomable good towards which God is able to work all things—our mistakes, our successes, our grief and our joy—for those who love Him.

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All of Us Solomons – First Reading of the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

All of Us Solomons – First Reading of the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

At the end of the day we are all Solomon’s: stewards of an immense responsibility, the purpose and value of which is far greater than our selves and that has deep meaning and purpose within the entire Kingdom of God. We cannot excel at our vocations without the grace of the Lord as well as our own deep recognition that we have done nothing to inherently merit the vocation we have been given, much less the talents and opportunities by which that vocation is made possible. Everything is grace, as St. Therese says.

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