The twin parables of the Kingdom of Heaven this Sunday (the treasure buried in the field and the pearl of great price) are ones, I surmise, to be easily dismissed. We are currently living in the Kingdom of God—do we see it as a treasure or a pearl? No. Our lives of faith and our activity in the Church seem rather ordinary, anything but a treasure or a pearl. So, how can we relate to these parables from Matthew on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time?
I would say that, yes, while our faith-lives on the whole seem rather ordinary, there are moments of brilliance within them. Perhaps a particular hymn one Sunday at Mass struck a chord with you. That would be your pearl. Recognize it and hold onto it. Maybe there is a chapter you read in Resisting Happiness that was very insightful and changed your perspective on something. That is a treasure you just discovered. Go back to it and do not let it go.
God is beautifully present in these moments. He is trying to tell us something in them; trying to give us something. These parables assure us treasures are out there in our lives. We merely need to be attentive to them and embrace them.
Tuesday, August 1st is the National Night Out where communities across the nation recognize all members of our law enforcement. God bless our police officers, especially those from St. Juliana! I will be making an appearance once again in the dunk tank at the Park Ridge NNO in Hodges Park. Feel free to come after 7pm to dunk your pastor.
The Knights of Columbus has a meeting this Wednesday, August 2nd at 7pm at St. John Brebeuf. As the Council Chaplain, I enjoyed being with the KofC last month for their officer installation. Congratulations to Chet Moylan, our parishioner, who is the Grand Knight. Thank you to Steve Baggio, the outgoing GK.
If you attend the Sunday 5pm Mass regularly, please consider being a Eucharist Minister, Lector/Commentator, and/or an Usher. We are in need of these ministers for this Mass. Contact me in you are interested. I will provide training if you are not already a minister. And if you are interested in becoming one of these ministers, even for a different Mass, contact me as well. We would love to have you!
The sacristan is an individual who would be present in the sacristy Sunday morning before Mass starts to help the altar servers, along with any coordination of the Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors/Commentators. If you are interested in being a sacristan, please contact me.
Finally, one of our goals as a parish this year is to increase the number of users for GiveCentral. If you do not use GiveCentral for your weekly offerings or for other forms of payment for parish and school events, consider doing so. This is easier for you, easier for us, and saves us all both time and money. GiveCentral is a robust program that can allow us to do many things, including sending out communications from me to you. There is more information about GiveCentral on our website.
I hope you are enjoying these summer days and finding some pearls of great price.
Yours in Christ,