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Gospel Reflections for July 30

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

July 30, 2017 —Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 13:44-52
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

A lady wrote that her grandson called during his fourth week of basic training. He said he was going to church every week. “Everyone goes to church here,” he added. “It’s the only place we don’t get yelled at.” Well, that’s one reason for going to church, but there are others, and some of them are far more important!

A few years ago I celebrated Mass for soldiers at an army base. They were mostly recruits in training. Some had arrived just three days before. Some had been there for two months, and were only a week or two from being deployed to Afghanistan. I was impressed at how much attention these young men and women paid to the Mass.

They were there not just because they wouldn’t be yelled at. They had better reasons. Some were away from home and family for the first time, and felt lonely and afraid. Others knew that they’d soon be in danger zones where terrorists would be trying to kill them. They all knew they needed God. And God was there for them.

We all need God, but in today’s world with its conveniences, distractions, and pleasures, it’s easy to forget God. That’s why today’s Gospel so important. Jesus tells us that the kingdom of heaven is a hidden treasure, a pearl of great price, worth more than everything else. We should be willing to give up everything for this kingdom.

The point is that God must be FIRST in our lives. Every time and place can have things that distract people from this reality. Today, the distractions could be busyness, television, and the Internet. We can get so busy, rushing around to meet all our obligations and then seeking diversion from them, that we forget God.

God doesn’t yell at us. But He gently invites us to accept the hidden treasure, the pearl of great price. If this means giving up some other things, it will turn out to be the greatest bargain in the universe.





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