15th Ordinary Sunday, July 12, 2020-A Cycle
Readings: Isaiah 55:10-11; Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23
Grace and sin, belief and unbelief, good and evil all exist together. While we wrestle with these two dimensions of reality inwardly, they are also witnessed in the actions and words of others. Many, all too often, beat themselves up because of their sin. We are also all too quick to pass judgment on others whom we perceive to be in error and walking down a wrong path. God does not make rash judgments, nor should we. Patience is the order of the day as is an understanding that God is ultimately the caller of the shots.
Our faith tells us that while God allows the wheat and the weeds to coexist, the wheat will always triumph. As long as we can cultivate even a little faith and a small measure of desire for God, He can produce abundant blessings and good things. Even when the weeds seem to have triumphed, there still may be a small measure of faith remaining that can be cultivated and grown. It doesn’t take much! Unless a person totally allows the weeds to reign, there is always to be found at least a small measure of faith, good, light, and love. With even this small portion, God can produce abundant growth.
Admittedly, it is easy to give into the weeds, and they grow very quickly. Any gardener knows this to be true. Sometimes, the weeds even seem more attractive and vibrant. Dealing with weeds can quickly become a losing battle, and they can look healthier and grow faster than the very plants we are trying to protect. It’s easy to give into them and let them win. While God will deal with all things in due time, we are responsible for keeping things in check in the short term. It is our task to keep our eyes fixed on God’s presence and mercy. We are asked to avoid judgment. And, it is not our responsibility to deal with the weeds in someone else’s garden, only our own. One garden is enough responsibility for anyone.
Weeds have power. We have to realize this. While they can appear attractive and healthy, they can quickly choke us off from God’s presence. Our task is one of maintenance and cultivating a desire for God. Even the smallest kernel of faith can grow into something wonderful. In God’s time, the eternal harvest will come, and we will no longer have to worry about the weeds.
I am continuing to say Mass Live via Facebook Live on Saturday evenings at 5:00 pm on the Tri-Parish Catholic Community page. Please join me if you can. Here is the link to our Facebook page: Tri-Parish Catholic Community
Due to the Covid19 pandemic the decision was made that the Missionary Cooperative 2020 would still be offered. However instead of in-person Mission Cooperative Appeal, we will ONLY be promoting through our parish website and from the pulpit (when possible) through the month of July. Please click on the green arrow below for a one-page data sheet of the details of our Missionary Cooperative.
Please keep the following sick, hospitalized & home-bound Tri-Parish members in your prayers.
Al Stier – St. Finbarr Parish
Erna Tart – St. Ignatius Parish
Dean Stern – St. Patrick Parish
Cassidy Pravecek – St. Ignatius Parish
Loretta Ascheman – St. Ignatius Parish
John Wade – St. Patrick Parish
Sandy Erding Dose – St. Ignatius Parish
Lois Gehling – St. Finbarr Parish
Isabella Morse – St. Patrick Parish
Louise Hahn † - St. Ignatius Parish
Kurt Fuhrmann Jr. - St. Patrick Parish
Janelle Sunnes - St. Patrick Parish
Ida Rowe - St. Patrick Parish
If you would like to add someone to the prayer chain send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Patrick in LeRoy $46,933
St. Ignatius in Spring Valley $79,859
St. Finbarr in Grand Meadow $75,251
St. Finbarr St. Patrick St. Ignatius
Goal $8,500.00 $7,150.00 $9,900.00
Total Received YTD $6,955.00 $6,375.00 $8,164.16
$ To Meet Goal $1,545.00 $775.00 $1,735.84
In addition to our goal to help keep people safe and healthy during this difficult time, we are also committed to meeting our other financial obligations. Please continue your financial support of your Parish by sending a check to your parish. The tri-parish church addresses can be found on the the right side of this page. Thank you.
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Bishop John Quinn
Fr. Marreddy Pothireddy