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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reflection by Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC

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    • Rain. Dirt. Seeds. Birthing
      15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
      By. Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC
      The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart  USA Province
      305 S. Lake Street, PO Box 270  Aurora, IL 60507 (630) 892-2371  info@misacor-usa.org
    • Today’s
      readings seem
      to be pretty
      obvious
      especially since
      Jesus himself
      explains the
      parable.
    • So then, do we just
      sit back and think
      about how plants
      grow?
      I don’t think so.
    • If anything,
      today’s readings
      are trying to get
      us out of our
      heads in order to
      do something
      real in our lives.
    • If I just do an
      analysis of what
      kind of soil I am
      and then move
      on with some good
      intentions,
      probably nothing
      will change in my
      life.
    • Although we all agree that rain and snow are
      good for the ground,
    • we usually we try to avoid them and stay
      indoors.
    • Getting wet is uncomfortable.
    • God’s word
      is not to
      make us
      comfortable
      and
      complacent
    • but rather to stir up in us new life.
    • Dirt by its nature is messy, not bad, just like our lives. 
    • Working to clear out impurities and weeds and
      give nutrients and air to dirt make it good soil.
    • Words like:
      uprooting,
      sifting,
      moving around &
      displacing
      sound good for soil
      but again,
      discomforting if
      applied to our lives.
    • Seeds have to be buried in the dark of the
      soil and give-up everything to become one
      with it in order to sprout new life.
    • Entering into the darkness of our lives and
      quietly waiting there to be one with God who
      turns darkness into light and death into life is
      very discomforting and scary.
    • Any mother will tell
      you about giving
      birth and
      discomfort.
    • Moving out of my
      comfort zone to allow
      the seed of God’s
      word to grow is the
      challenge of today’s
      readings.
    • Let’s try to DO something
      different today
      that is not comforting but
      does encourage
      life…new life.
      © mipan – Fotalia.com
    • We are called to be
      more than a potted
      plant in a secure
      environment.
    • We are called to grow in the wilds of life
      but deeply rooted in God.
    • Photo Credits
      Slide 1: Fresh Grass, by PetrKratochvilvia PublicDomainPictures.net
      Slide 2: Hermanoleon Clipart
      Slide 3: Yucca Plant, by PetrKratochvil via PublicDomainPictures.net
      Slide 4: Socrates and Plato, via Wikimedia Commons
      Slide 5: Soil, by ByMesaytsegaye (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons
      Slide 6: Rain drops on Grass, by Michele Waltersvia PublicDomainPictures.net
      Slide 7: Rain On Window 2, by Mikaela Dunn, via PublicDomainPictures.net
      Slide 8: Animals Wet Dog, by Michele Walters, via PublicDomainPictures.net
      Slide 9: Cushions, by Shiftchangefrom Wikimedia Commons
      Slide 10: Photo by Brother Joe Tesar, MSC, member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, United States Province
      Slide 11: Soil Texture, by PetrKratochvilvia PublicDomainPictures.net
    • Photo Credits
      Slide 12: Photo by Brother Joe Tesar, MSC, member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, United States Province
      Slide 13: Soil, by ByMesaytsegaye (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons
      Slide 14: Sunflower Seed, by Anna Cervovavia PublicDomainPictures.net
      Slide 15: Brown Background, by Sharon Aptedvia PublicDomainPictures.net
      Slide 16: Mother Kissing Baby by DaydreamsGirlvia istockphoto.com
      Slide 17: Sprouting, by Peter Griffin via PublicDomainPictures.net
      Slide 18: Pushing out of hands, ©Svetavia istockphoto.com
      Slide 19: © mipan – Fotalia.com
      Slide 20: Tiny Plant, by Jean Sander via PublicDomainPictures.net
      Slide 21: Wildflowers, by David Wagner via PublicDomainPictures.net
      Slides 22 and 23: Fresh Spring Background, by Peter Kratochvilvia PublicDomainPictures.net