Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Homily Seventeenth Sunday of the Year A (version II] - Sunday, July 30, 2017

Homily Seventeenth Sunday of the Year A  - Sunday, July 30, 2017

       First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5. 7-12
       Psalm: Ps 118:57. 72. 76-77. 127-130. “
Lord, I love your commands.
       Second Reading: Romans 8:28-30
       Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52

Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers and reflections for the Seventeenth Sunday of the Year A  - Sunday, July 30, 2017 by clicking this link here:

[“’gospel’ values included in the readings:” God’s wisdom – an understanding heart - is a treasure greater than gold or long life; God’s Kingdom is more precious a treasure than any other earthly thing, and our efforts and priorities can reflect this] 

In the parable… a man discovers a treasure in a field and sells EVERYTHING else he has, in order that he could HAVE THAT treasure

The Treasure of infinite value is God’s Kingdom,..//  Jesus’ good news…//  being united forever with Jesus in God’s family……/  

IT IS LIKE A RARE TREASURE… Nothing else on earth is as valuable as this……  It is worth giving up everything else to attain it…//…  It has a richness and a depth that can never be fully plumbed……   And one of these treasures is revealed in the first reading…   King Solomon is promised any gift he liked…   but instead of asking for wealth or long life or defeat of his enemies,,, he asks for wisdom..  He prays for an ‘understanding heart.”    God offers us a way of looking at life that is more valuable than anything else…   an understanding heart..  that can discern what is truly good and worthwhile….the things of abiding worth…….///  That is so beautiful….

{As I read that parable of the treasure in the field….…..I am reminded of the quote from G.K. Chesterton, (the great English scholar and writer)…  (and I am paraphrasing it liberally here)….  He writes….. ‘It’s not that Christianity hasn’t worked, it is just that nobody’s really tried it yet !’  }

I can say that after twenty years of priestly ministry and reflection on the gospels…  and seven years of training before that…  and a lifetime of participation in the prayer and sacraments of the Catholic church…..     after all that, --- I STILL feel very much like I am only just scratching the surface of the riches of Jesus’ Good news.// ..// The Gospel (and the sacraments and teachings of Christ’s church) ….are like a rich and huge diamond seam – with much of it under the surface-, with (at times) a little bit of unpolished diamond peeking out of the surface…   To look at that bit only and dig no further would be the greatest disaster of all time…..  / And quite ill-advised.  

certainly it will continue to satisfy//……so… I am delighted to keep digging…. the richness of what God offers us, never ceases to astound and draw us deeper…..//The more we search, the more we find…  the more we find, the more we search you, O Lord…  (as one of the saints, wisely observed)

Our faith is a treasure of incredible depth…   if one thinks they have grasped it enough to ‘find it wanting’… I am really not sure where they have been digging………..The gospel continues to be priceless and precious; worthy of all our efforts to explore. …

May God, who has so graciously accompanied and given success to our work so often in the past, continue this good work in us and bring it to perfection.

Fr Paul W. Kelly

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year A

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you call your people to turn away from sin: Lord, have mercy//You teach us wisdom, and write your truth in our inmost heart: Christ, have mercy//You forgive sins through the ministry of reconciliation: Lord, have mercy//
Memorial Acclamation

We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

Preparation of the Gifts
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
       Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
       Blessed be God for ever.
Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.
     May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

Sundays Ordinary VII p.32

Euch prayer II p.58

Go forth, the Mass is ended.

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