SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: JULY 7, 2013, FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. YEAR OF LUKE.
Mass Readings for this Sunday: Isaiah 66:10-14, Letter to the Galatians 6:14-18, Luke 10: 1-12, 17-20. Or Click here for Mass Readings.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux loved this passage in today’s First Reading, from Isaiah Chapter 66 (verses 10 to 14): it was for her a wonderful image of God as Mother to us all, and we feeding from the ‘consoling breast’ of our Creator.
Jerusalem is presented as the ‘Source’, where God’s blessings flow in marvellous abundance,- ‘like an over-flowing river’. We are filled with joy,- ‘Rejoice’ three times over, be suckled and filled, savour with delight the glorious breasts of God! Our God is exuberant,- a word that comes from the Latin ex & ubera… from the breasts. Peace is flowing to us like a river in spate. We are carried at the breast of God as a people and individually, we are fondled on her lap, like a son comforted by his mother. Our hearts will rejoice (there it is again!) and our bones will flourish!
And if we have a problem with the image of God as Mother, we just remember that we are made ‘in the image and likeness of God’, male and female!
Have you got an appointment? Have you a job to do? There’s lots of work, but not enough willing workers.
‘The Lord appointed 72 others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit.” He didn’t seek volunteers, he ‘appointed’. And if they were willing, then he sent them, in pairs,- 36 pairs in all. There was work to do. There were places he wanted to visit. And these people who were chosen by him and appointed by him set out to the villages and towns, to get the people ready for the One who was to come. They were to let the people know that ‘the kingdom of God is very near’,- God in all God’s power and exuberance is right here, right now, among us. But who will let people know? That’s why he sends people out to the great harvest that waits to be gathered. But always, there’s a shortage of labourers. Lots of people never hear, because there are not enough people willing to tell them.
Has he appointed you to do some work? Here’s what Blessed John Henry Newman wrote about the mission (the ‘sending’) that each one of us has been given. Are we up to it?
‘SOME DEFINITE SERVICE’: The Mission of My Life
‘God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.’
Share this with one or two or more others. What does it all say to you, together? Are you ready to go wherever He wants to send you? Maybe you are already right there.
God bless you all, greatly! Have an abundant, exuberant week! May your bones flourish!
Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R. firstname.lastname@example.org
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