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Parish Daily Update 7/26/20

Dear Parish Family,

“The almost impossible thing is to hand over your whole self – all your wishes and precautions – to Christ.”      ~C. S. Lewis

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God bless you all!

Pam

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
 

First Reading:  Jeremiah 13:1-11 

The LORD said to me: Go buy yourself a linen loincloth; wear it on your loins, but do not put it in water. I bought the loincloth, as the LORD commanded, and put it on. A second time the word of the LORD came to me thus: Take the loincloth which you bought and are wearing, and go now to the Parath; there hide it in a cleft of the rock. Obedient to the LORD’s command, I went to the Parath and buried the loincloth. After a long interval, the LORD said to me:   Go now to the Parath and fetch the loincloth which I told you to hide there. Again I went to the Parath, sought out and took the loincloth from the place where I had hid it. But it was rotted, good for nothing! Then the message came to me from the LORD:    

Thus says the LORD:
So also I will allow the pride of Judah to rot, the great pride of Jerusalem. This wicked people who refuse to obey my words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts, and follow strange gods to serve and adore them, shall be like this loincloth which is good for nothing. For, as close as the loincloth clings to a man’s loins, so had I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the LORD; to be my people, my renown, my praise, my beauty.
But they did not listen. 

Responsorial Psalm:  Deuteronomy 32:18-19, 20, 21

R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth.
You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you,
You forgot the God who gave you birth.
When the LORD saw this, he was filled with loathing
and anger toward his sons and daughters.
R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth.
“I will hide my face from them,” he said,
“and see what will then become of them.
What a fickle race they are,
sons with no loyalty in them!”
R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth.
“Since they have provoked me with their ‘no-god’
and angered me with their vain idols,
I will provoke them with a ‘no-people’;
with a foolish nation I will anger them.”
R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth. 

Gospel: t Mathew 13:31-35 

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’” He spoke to them another parable. “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.” 

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:  

I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation
of the world.
 

Homily 

“The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed . . . the smallest of all seeds, yet when full grown is the largest of plants . . . “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour until the whole batch was leavened.” Matthew 13:31-35   

It is a great humanitarian story that didn’t come to light for decades:   

In December 1938, Nicholas Winton was a 29-year-old stockbroker working in London. He was on a skiing holiday in the Alps when the Nazis annexed Czechoslovakia. A friend called and asked his help to get endangered Jews out of the country. The plight of Czech Jews was dangerous and heartbreaking — and there was no organization to help them.   

So, with only the three weeks of vacation he had, Winton, working quietly out of a Prague hotel, made contact with as many Jewish parents as he could who wanted to get their children out of the country to safety. He then returned to England with photos and bios of the children and began to arrange for families to take them in. With the help of family and friends, he set up a bogus government-sounding agency that they called the “Children’s Section,” complete with an official-looking letterhead, in order to obtain visas and documents to get the children out of Czechoslovakia. Winton and company were able to arrange for eight trains to get through Germany and France; in eight months, despite a mountain of official refusals and an ocean of bureaucratic red tape, Winton managed to resettle 669 children in England. Hitler’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 closed the borders and ended Winton’s efforts. 

Winton went on to volunteer with an ambulance unit for the Red Cross, then trained pilots for the Royal Air Force. He got married, raised a family, and made a comfortable living. He never told anyone about what he had done for those children. 

In 1988, his wife Grete found a scrapbook in their attic, filled with photographs, documents that included a complete list of names, and letters from parents thanking Winton for saving their children. Grete turned the material over to Holocaust historians; the material soon found its way to the BBC. The BBC found many of the surviving children Winton had rescued, who are now parents and grandparents themselves. A reunion was arranged and, for the first time in more than half-a-century, Nicholas Winton met the children he had rescued and their families. It is estimated that more than 6,000 people around the world owe their lives today to the self-effacing London stockbroker. 

At the reunion, the children he had saved — who call themselves “Nicky’s Family” — gave Winton a ring, inscribed with these words from the Talmud: Save one life, save the world. [60 Minutes, CBS News; The Guardian.] 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches the power of the single, small, unseen, and unheralded act of goodness. Nicholas Winton embodies the faith of the mustard seed: that despite our own “smallness” and insignificance, we can realize a great harvest as a result of whatever good we are able to do. Winton also possesses the spirit of the “yeast” that Jesus speaks of in today’s Gospel: the Spirit of God that enabled him to challenge the hatred around him for the sake of innocent children. 

Like the Gospel mustard seed, may we plant the “little” seeds we have — and are — to bring to harvest the compassion and forgiveness of God into our own communities; like yeast that transforms flour and water into bread, may we be the leaven that transforms our world in the justice and peace of Christ. 

O gracious God, help us to plant the mustard seeds you have entrusted to us: no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, may the seeds of generosity and grace we plant become great branches of your love and care for all your sons and daughters. May we create your Kingdom in our own time and place by becoming the “yeast” of compassion and reconciliation: help us to make our simplest kindnesses and works of charity the “bread” of peace in our midst. 

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present

in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

I ask You to come spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You, trusting that you are already there and I unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.