Rain. Dirt. Seeds. Birthing.


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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reflection by Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC

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Rain. Dirt. Seeds. Birthing.

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