This weekend we celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the Gospel passage, Jesus tells three parables (building upon a parable we heard last week). He speaks first about the wheat and weeds growing up together; he tells the disciples that not until the harvest should they be separated, lest the wheat be mistaken for the weeds. Secondly, he talks about the mustard seed and compares it to the kingdom of heaven: it is the smallest of all seeds, and yet, when full grown, is the largest of plants. Finally, he refers to yeast that a woman mixed with flour until the whole batch was leavened. I decided to share with you a portion of a reflection based upon this Scripture passage that I read last week. It is taken from the 2017 Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays (The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy). It states: “Each of these parables gives us a glimpse of what God’s reign is like. It is not tidy; rather, good and bad grow together, like the weeds and the wheat, and there is no way to remove the one without also destroying the other. God’s kingdom starts small; like the mustard seed, something tiny, almost infinitesimal, leads to extraordinary results. And the kingdom is mystery: like yeast in dough, it is invisible, yet makes all the difference.”
Presently, the Office Staff is heavy into the moving process which is a major task. Trying to keep up with daily responsibilities and move into the Education Center has been quite challenging. Please be patient this coming week if you do not get a live person when trying to call the office. It is the hope that by Monday (July 24) most of our offices will be moved (not necessarily all in perfect order yet) and that phone service will be transferred there some time later that week. If you need assistance, it might be best next week to check first at the new Office Center (instead of Carla Drive). If you have recipes to drop off, please put them in the mail slot to my house (469 Shattuck Drive) and I will make sure that the Committee receives them by August 1.
I will be at Nazareth involved with the music for the Jubilee celebrations this weekend, and will remain for a week of retreat that begins Monday. Please keep the Sisters of Saint Joseph in your prayers this week.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ