Dear Loving Brothers, Sisters and Children in Christ Jesus!
There are three distinct parts in today’s Gospel: parable, interlude, and
explanation of the parable. In the parable itself the emphasis is on God
(the sower) who works and produces results. The interpretation of the
parable puts the emphasis more on us (the soil) and the ways in which
we can respond. The interlude or comment in between gives the key to
our response and subsequent fertility of the seed.
This is clearly a message of hope for communities which may at times
be discouraged by the meagre results of their evangelization efforts. We
are reading here from Matthew 13. The whole chapter consists of
“parables of the Kingdom”. They all say in different ways that the
Kingdom of God, in spite of its tiny and weak beginnings will be
established for it is “like a treasure hidden in a field” or “a pearl of great
price”. Once discovered, all else is given up in order to be part of it.
In the whole of Scripture God’s word is not just a spoken word. It is a
doing word, a creating, life-giving word. It is like a life-bearing seed.
Where do we encounter that word? If we are sufficiently sensitive, we
encounter it unceasingly in every experience of our lives, whether that
experience is joyful or sad, a success or a failure, pleasant or painful.
There is clearly, of course, for us one place in particular where God’s
word is more clearly experienced and that is in Jesus Christ. For Jesus is
the Word of God. Everything that Jesus said, everything that Jesus did
was God communicating to us through him. Not just his teaching but his
whole life, from the hidden years of Nazareth through his public life to
his death and resurrection – in all of this Jesus was, and is for us today,
the Word of God.
In the long run, as we said at the beginning, the work of God cannot be
frustrated either by threats from society or from within the Christian
community. But what matters for me as I hear this Scripture is to be
aware that I, as this individual, can refuse to provide the fertile patch of
soil for God’s Word to take deep root. God’s plan as a whole will
succeed but it is up to me to be part of that plan. I personally can say No
or Not yet or Yes, but… I can, like many of the people that Jesus
knew, resist the radical change of view that conversion entails. In the
process I will also miss out, of course, on the deep healing that the Word
of God can bring into my life and, with the healing, a sense of liberation,
happiness and peace. “Listen, anyone who has ears!”
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St. Margaret’s Bulletin
St. Margaret’s is hosting a picnic for Corey, Shaya Clark and family as they
prepare to move to Malta. We want to acknowledge all they have done for our
community, to wish them well as they move and let them know we will miss
them. Everyone is invited to gather at the Geraldine City Park at 12:30 pm on
Sunday, July 19. Everyone is to bring their own picnic lunch as food is not to be
shared in crowds while we use precautions for COVID 19. The park will provide
the opportunity for social distancing as we gather. We are looking forward to
seeing you there.
Parish Council Nominations—Please remember to fill out the form for Parish
Council Nominations and leave it at the back of the church in the basket.
Reflection by Trish—Laugher is the Best Medicine
Many of you are probably familiar with the saying:
Do you know how to make God laugh?
Tell her what you have planned.
Yes, I believe God laughs. When I am joyful, happy, silly or laughing, God is there
also sharing in the joy and/or laughter. God is not a static power. Our God is a
God of joy.
We are told that God is always with us in good times and in difficult times. I
believe God sheds tears and holds us in loving hands. God is present for us. When
I am feeling down, sad, disappointed, or hurt, having someone present means
that there is someone with empathy and understanding with me. The one with
me may shed a tear, give me a hug, or speak words of comfort. If God is a static
presence, right beside us but without emotion, I am not sure I would take comfort
in this presence.
The Divine One who loves us created us with laughter. God gave us the ability to
laugh to aid in healing. This is a very important gift. In today’s world, where there
is so much to worry about, so much is uncertain, and the future seems less
predictable than usual, let us find reasons to laugh.
It has been scientifically proven that laughter is the best medicine:
~~Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension
and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
~~Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and
increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your
resistance to disease.
~~Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good
chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even
temporarily relieve pain.
~~Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels
and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and
other cardiovascular problems. ~~Laughter burns calories. OK, so it’s no
replacement for going to the gym, but one study found that laughing for 10 to 15
minutes a day can burn approximately 40 calories—which could be enough to
lose three or four pounds over the course of a year.
~~Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster
than a shared laugh. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective
and enable you to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness
~~Laughter may even help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that
people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much. The
difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer.
Yes, we have been created with a gift that is important to use, especially at this
time. Do not hesitate to laugh. Go online and find jokes that make you smile.
Share something silly that you accidentally did with someone else. Share a quirky
misstep that made you smile at yourself. When we share something silly or funny
it makes us smile, maybe even giggle. You can even just make the sound of
laughter. Yes, loudly just say, “Ha, ha, ho ho,” over and over until you laugh
because you sound so silly. This act of laughing will decrease your stress and make
Many years ago, I purchased a book that I love - A Prairie Home Companion
PRETTY GOOD JOKE BOOK, 4th edition. The books are a compilation of jokes, over
300 pages. You might be able to find one of the editions in a local bookstore or
used online. Here are a couple jokes from my book.
Do you think that Moses led the Israelites through the desert for forty years
because God was testing him, or because he wanted them to really appreciate the
Promised Land when they finally got there, or was it because Moses refused to
A man was praying to God. He said: God!?
God responded: Yes?
Man: Can I ask a question?
God: Go right ahead.
Man: What is a million years to you?
God: A million years to me is only a second.
Man: Hmmm. God what is a million dollars to you?
God: A million dollars to me is like a penny.
Man: God, can I have a penny?
God: Sure! Just a second.
This week find a joke and share it with several people.
Imagine God laughing with you.