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Gospel Reflection for 16th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A – July 23rd 2017
We want success and perfection quickly; nothing unusual in that. Living in an age of the immediate in so many ways on social media, we have little patience at times with our own slow development and growth. Our children grow at the pace of human laws not at the pace of the development of the new mobile phone. All human development has its trial and error, its good times and failures. A bit like the gospel of the growth of the harvest.
A man came to God from his perfect farm: well ploughed furrows in a straight line, all weeded and looking well. God said – well done, you have cleared your land of weeds and brambles, but there are no flowers! We know people, even saints, who were so keen on their own perfection that they lacked care for others along the way. Or people, even saints, who were bad-tempered and full of faults, but cared for everyone they met.
We are a mixture of saint and sinner inside ourselves, and indeed in the Church. Jesus watches the growth of ordinary nature, the laws of the environment and draws conclusions. We are to plant love, care, forgiveness, compassion and all the gifts of God’s Spirit and allow God make them flourish. We may do that with our faults and failings too, and even if they grow, they will be seen by God for what they are: part of the good person you and I are!
Think of some fault or failing. Put a colour on it. Allow God paint your fault in gold, his paint of love!
Lord, deliver me from evil and may your good kingdom come within me!
Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger