Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Monday, July 30, 2018
The two parables that Jesus makes us hear today have a common feature: both highlight the power of divine life in us.
The kingdom of God is comparable to a seed. We have received in baptism this life which makes us the children of God. What has been given to us in the germ already contains all the virtualities that will appear little by little in the course of our lives.
In the two parables we have a hidden reality: the seed has sunk into the earth, the yeast into the flour. This symbolizes the secret nature of the life that has been given to us. To have God created us, in the depths of our being, in his likeness causes us to be sunk and hidden in him, with Christ. Mysterious reality whose fruitfulness depends on our response.
As the earth has a part in the growth of the seed, as the pasta is formed thanks to the action of the yeast, so we must offer the secret presence of the kingdom in us the cooperation of our faith, our hope and our charity. Then the life of grace develops with an extraordinary power, as the tree in the first parable means and the three measures of flour that make the whole dough rise in the second. The power deployed in this growth testifies to the action of God in his gifts. It is he who works, and his action is all the more evident the more our generosity allows it. Then come the fruits of this growth: here is the tall tree on which all the birds are going to nest, a tree which is a symbol of the Christian apostolate, but also, in a more hidden way, in the communion of saints, of the inextinguishable and mysterious fruitfulness that God grants to his children. These fruits are not necessarily known to men, not even to whom they were granted. In fact they are of the same nature as the seed and often they are also hidden. The birds themselves do not know to which seed they owe their shelter, but they are there and this is enough for them. The Lord, on the other hand, knows us, sees our faith, our desire to become saints, our incapacity to succeed if not by giving ourselves to the inebriating fire of his love. May this Eucharist nurture in us the divine life, thus allowing the tree of our baptismal grace to grow, for the glory of God and the joy of our brothers.
Sunday, July 29, 2018
This Sunday's readings focus on sharing and practicing virtues so that the bond of unity can be preserved within the human community and among all its members. The readings remind us that we have all been given of the one Spirit who lives and breathes within us and among us all
In the Letter to the Ephesians, Paul urges the believing community members at Ephesus to live a life worthy of the call they have received. They are to follow the way of Christ who embodied a virtuous life of love. Paul's words of encouragement highlight specific virtues that the community members are to practice so that they can preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace. Diverse as they may be, the people are essentially one body and one Spirit through Christ.
The Gospel from John develops the theme of sharing heard earlier in the reading from 2 Kings. Captivated by Jesus' healings, a large crowd follows Jesus, and he wants to feed them, but buying food for such a multitude is impossible. Andrew, one of Jesus' disciples, draws attention to a young boy with five barley loaves and two fish. Andrew notes that such a small amount of provisions is inadequate for the large crowd. Jesus, however, like Elisha, is able to feed everyone through the miracle of sharing. All partake of the loaves and fish, and leftovers remain.
this Sunday's readings describe how life flourishes when virtues are practiced. In a world of both over-consumption on the part of some people and far too many broken relationships, these readings invite us to live simply and virtuously. The readings call us to be forever mindful of others' needs while striving to grow ever more deeply into the divine vision of one body, one family, so deeply loved by one God
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
We were taken to the friary for a cup of tea and then immediately taken to the Famous Cathedral of Mallorca.....wow....it is really a masterpiece.....during the civil war and religious suppression the Cathedral and other churches were not touched here....other places they were destroyed....