15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 12, 2020

Today we celebrate the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In both the first reading from Isaiah and our Gospel from Matthew we hear a message of gardening with a deeper connotation to the Word of God. The prophet’s words remind us that God’s word is always something we can trust in. God promises that repentant sinners will find mercy because, unlike us, God does not nurse grudges but is “generous and forgiving.” Jesus’ parable about the sower describes three classic obstacles to doing the will of God; the evil one, who prevents the Word from being truly heard; the flesh, that part of us that will abandon God’s will if it means struggle or trouble; and the world, those aspects of human society that are opposed to God, yet appealing to the flesh. Jesus’ parable is enigmatic to some because the Kingdom is only for those willing to put in the times and struggle to understand its proclamation, which cannot be appreciated on a single, simple hearing. The Kingdom of God, in which the will of God is known and lived, is for those who are willing to sacrifice to enter it. This has been Jesus’ message from the beginning.

As we hear Jesus’ message this weekend, I want to thank my faithful friend and parishioner, Joe, for all the work he does to help me keep our gardens looking so beautiful. Also, to Betsy, Neil and Mary, for their dedication to detail with weeding and maintaining our shrine to the Blessed Mother on the corner of Dale and Bellevue, a reflection of our parish community. This year God has helped us with all the rain we’ve had, but as the summer continues, I foresee a lot of watering will be needed. Last year Joe put in an irrigation system for many of our gardens which has been a God-send. Thanks to many who help make St. Luke’s a beautiful campus.

With the shut down of Church for almost three months, we had to postpone our selection of new Parish Council members that is usually done on Pentecost Sunday. This year we will be selecting new members in September, before the first scheduled meeting of the Council. Three new members will be selected, along with three alternates who will be called upon to serve out a term for any member who is unable to fulfill their term. This year’s selection will take place on Sunday, September 13th at the 10:00am Mass. Please begin to discern if you are being called to share your time and talents with the parish as a member of our Parish leadership team.

Finally today, there has been some confusion as to the Annual Catholic Appeal. Many parishioners received a pledge card directly from the Archdiocese; others didn’t. We have cards available for all parishioners in the parish office. If you did not receive yours, please call Donna, 644-2144. She will be happy to mail your card to you. You can then pray over your pledge and return the card either through the Sunday offertory or drop it off at the rectory. With the Covid-19 Pandemic, I understand some may not be able to make a pledge this year, but others have been blessed. More than ever, your help is needed for our local Church to reach out through our various charitable gifts to help continue ministering to those in need. Please be generous.

God Bless! Have a great week!

Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.

Fr. Pete