Last summer, in the run-up to the presidential election, I made a conscious decision to back out of Facebook. I wasn’t closing my account, and I wasn’t un-friending everyone. But I was unplugging from the platform as a mode of interaction with friends and family. My feed had become a torrent of vitriol mostly from people with a worldview similar to my own and usually in the form of a re-post from a news source or popular television show. Not much of it was written by the people I knew.
As part of our ongoing engagement process, we have come to realize the importance of parishioners sharing their personal stories of how they have connected with Saint Clement as an important factor in their lives. As a feature twice a month, we share the stories and reflections of our engaged parishioners who are living a stewardship life of prayer, service, and giving. This week we hear from Kari Kristan:
Today's Gospel is a long reading in comparison to most Gospels throughout the year. The length can make it difficult to grasp the message simply because our attention span may not last long enough to thoroughly hear it. I find this interesting considering that today’s Gospel teaches us to be receptive listeners. The very beginning of this reading makes it easy to lose interest. Jesus begins with the familiar parable of the sower: some seed was eaten by birds, some seed fell on rocky ground, some seed fell among thorns, and some seed fell on rich soil producing much fruit.
It was a day in May the first time I pulled out today’s readings in anticipation of writing this reflection. I was frantically trying to get ahead and cross some things off my “to-do” list before June hit and my kids were out of school for summer break. “Frantically” should have been my first clue that I was not doing something right. I was letting my schedule run the show and not God. I did not pull the scriptures back out again until late June when summer break was in full swing. The first thing that struck me was a line from today’s Gospel.
As part of our ongoing engagement process, we have come to realize the importance of parishioners sharing their personal stories of how they have connected with Saint Clement as an important factor in their lives. As a feature twice a month, we share the stories and reflections of our engaged parishioners who are living a stewardship life of prayer, service, and giving. This week we hear from Shauna Stewart:
Have you ever started a TV series midway through a season—and have no idea what’s going on? It’s not a great experience! Today’s Gospel reading—kind of feels like that. Let’s take a look at some “previous episodes” to get a sense of what’s going on in this chapter of Matthew!
Wearing of the green (vestments)! This Sunday, ordinary time appears visible in green. The weekly scripture passages originate from the Cycle A Readings: St. Matthew’s Gospel and for a few weeks, St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Each week a unique first reading from the Old Testament connects to the Gospel passage and the Responsorial Psalm provides a response to the first reading; the structured integrity of the Liturgy of the Word focuses listener and preacher alike to “hear” the Gospel.
Join us this summer for a revitalized Theology on Tap Young Adult Speaker Series where you can learn, grow, and serve in your faith! The Archdiocese of Chicago is hosting a kick-off event on the evening of Monday, July 10 at Old Crow Smokehouse—River North (149 W Kinzie St), where you can enjoy free drinks, appetizers, and great company.