Lectionary Reflections: Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [c] July 24, 2016

Engaging Faith | Mon, Jul 18, 2016

By John Bucki, S.J.
Source: Center of Concern

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [c]

July 24, 2016


Genesis 18:20-32

Colossians 2:12-14

Luke 11:1-13



July 25 – 31: World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland

July 28:  World Hepatitis Day

July 30: World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 

July 31: Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus



Are human beings the only ones who weep and groan, or can this also be predicated of the holy mystery of God who cherishes the beloved world?

-Elizabeth Johnson, She Who Is, 246

We are closer to God when we are asking questions than when we think we have the answers.

-Rabbi Abraham Heschel

Saint Ignatius of Loyola was convinced that God's Spirit works in just these subtle ways, that God's invitation is heard not only in moments of peak experience, but especially in human talents and needs, in specific opportunities and seemingly random requests. Ignatius favorite image of God was as "Director of Souls," the One who works subtly in all things but especially in the roots of human experience and community to heal the world and bring it into union with God. Ignatius also believed that God's call always leads to struggle against the powerful forces of riches, honors and pride that oppress the world in every age. Those who enter that struggle will find that Jesus Christ is the companion who struggles alongside them to free the world from sin and oppression. Intimacy with Christ is not found on the sidelines, but by those who plunge into the struggle because that is where He is.

-Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.

How many of us, myself included, have lost our bearings; we are no longer attentive to the world in which we live; we don’t care; we don’t protect what God created for everyone, and we end up unable even to care for one another!

-Pope Francis, Lapedusa, 8 July 2013

No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There's too much work to do.

-Dorothy Day

Our mission demands that we should courageously denounce injustice, with charity, prudence and firmness, in sincere dialogue with all parties concerned.

-1971 Bishop’s Synod, Justice in the World, 57

I ask God to convert the hearts of the violent blinded by hate. 

-Pope Francis @Pontifex, 15 July 2016


Thoughts for Your Consideration

In the book of Genesis God looks at the earth and concludes “I must go down and see whether or not their actions fully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me. I mean to find out."  God want to check out what is happening on the earth.

Maybe we feel God should do the same thing today.  It seems that acts of terrorism, violence, killing, shooting, and racial injustice have been happening every few days.  We have witnessed things in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Minnesota, Dallas, Nice, Turkey, Bagdad, Baton Rouge again, etc. etc. What is going on?  What are we doing in our world? Is any place safe? What should we do?

Why does racial injustice continue?  Why does violence continue?  Why do some people justify violence through their religion? Why do we continue to exclude rather than include people that are different than ourselves? Why does there seem to be culture of division?

Figuring out how to live the Christian life in our complex world can be quite an adventure.  It takes time to figure out the route.  It takes time to undertake the trip. Figuring out how to work for justice and peace is a journey and an adventure. To use the images of the gospel, it involves a lot of asking, seeking, and knocking. It is something that is worked out over time in the midst of ambiguity and struggle. It is best supported by a community of faith, hope and love.  It involves a long process of prayer as in the first reading or the persistence that Jesus calls for in the gospel.

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