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18th Sunday of ordinary time- Year A

First reading: Isaiah 55:1-3;
Second reading: Romans 8:35.37-39;
Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21

“To a man with an empty stomach, food is God”. - Mohandas Gandhi

The fourteenth chapter of Matthew's gospel from which today's reading is taken is crammed full of issues, tensions and disturbing events, not to mention the overwhelming of complex human needs by which Jesus is assailed, and which, moment by moment, pile up over his head and threaten to entirely bury him.

Herod Antipas, a man enslaved by lust and human respect deals treacherously with John the Baptist and has him executed for speaking the truth. John, the precursor to the Messiah, humbly offers his life for the truth he was sent to speak. He has the truth and he knows what to do with the truth.
Would Jesus have grieved more over the heroic death of his beloved John than over the coward betrayal of Herod? His heart would have been broken for both men and deep anguish would have penetrated into his soul.

Today we would be encourag…

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A

1 Kings 3:5. 7-12; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-46

“Is the kingdom of God a big family? Yes, in a sense it is. But another sense it is a prodigious biological operation- that of the Redeeming Incarnation.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Built into the word 'treasure' is the notion of something hidden - but also waiting to be found. I guess this is why the word treasure is so alluring; it's an invitation to adventure, to seeking. Some would say the adventure itself is a kind of treasure; we learn so much from the journey. Most treasure just makes us richer; it only 'incrementally' changes our lives. The treasure Jesus is speaking of changes everything; it is the greatest treasure in existence.

The man of the gospel finds the treasure (I wonder if he was looking for it?), and he hides it again. It seems the treasure belongs in the field and he can only own the treasure if he owns the field.
The man goes off happy. Look at the smile on his face and the bounce in his step! …


First Reading Is 55:10-11; Ps 64:10-14.
Second reading Rom 8:18-23,
Gospel Mt 13:1-23

We are advised to take care of our heart, to watch our diet, to exercise, to undergo cardiovascular screening. But there is another heart, our spiritual heart. Jesus spoke often about our spiritual heart. Let us listen to some of what Jesus said about our heart:
This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me (Matt 15:8)
…the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile. (Matt 15:18)
…from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, unchastity, theft, false witness, blasphemy. (Matt 15:19)
You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. (Matt 22:37)
Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. (Matt 19:8)
So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.” (Matt 18:35)
For where your treasur…