Homily :: July 30, 2017
07/30/17: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
07/30/17: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Dave Reeson
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07/30/17: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Pat Nields
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If, in a dream, we were to find a magical lamp, and be given any number of wishes, the odds seem good that we would likely ask our genie for long life, wealth, and, perhaps, some come-uppance over our enemies. In today’s first reading, Solomon is asked such a question by God. Instead, Solomon asks for wisdom, so that he may govern the people well and help them honor the covenant they had made with God. In effect, Solomon forgoes earthly success for spiritual gain. Solomon’s wish is paralleled in the first two parables in today’s Gospel reading. Here we are instructed that, having found the kingdom of God, our proper response should be to pursue the kingdom of God relentlessly – selling all that we have. In all of these three episodes, God is readily available (God comes to Solomon, and the treasures have been found) and the individual proper response is to embrace God’s presence.
How, then, can we come to recognize the kingdom, in order that we might seek it? Today’s responsorial psalm provides the key to unlocking this challenge: “Lord, I love your commands.” It is God’s law, made known in the scriptures, and in the liturgy, that we find what is “more precious than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” “In the earthly liturgy we take part in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy celebrated in the holy city of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims… We eagerly await the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ, until he, our life, shall appear and we too will appear with him in glory” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 8).
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