Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

The much beloved passage of Paul to the Romans today celebrates that God is always present and always willing to help in our hour of need—that “all things work together for good for those who love God”—that, if God is for us, it really doesn’t ma!er who is against us ---and that there is no power strong enough or circumstance dire enough to separate us from the love of God “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or perspective on, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Chris"ans were subjects of persecution from Jews and Romans alike. Famine implies hunger, and a hungry person can think of little but food. Hunger was a key element in Jesus’ tempta

Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how something so small that it is invisible to the eye can grow rapidly into a destructive force that consumes all our a#en!on and resources, as individuals, communities, nations, and as a world. Would we ever have dreamed this to be true? I rather doubt it. So in today’s Gospel we again hear a few more of Jesus’s parables about seemingly small items, …a buried treasure, a pearl, a catch of fish. But he uses them to remind us that we need not look for stupendous events in life to be about the kingdom of God. It is o+en in the small things that draw us closer to the presence of God within us. Let’s examine the first two. In the first, the person stumb

Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

The parable this Sunday of the wheat and weeds is an interes!ng one that Jesus used to teach his followers, and US about how to treat others in the world. Our farmers will truly assent to Jesus’s wisdom. Elisabeth Johnson, a theology professor, shares some insights: “Perhaps there were some overzealous "weeders" in Matthew's !me who wanted to purify the community by roo!ng out the bad seed. This seems to be a tempta!on for followers of Jesus in every age. We get ourselves into a weeding frenzy, certain that we know the difference between weeds and wheat, and that we know how to deal with the weeds! “ Jesus' parable makes clear that any attempt to root out the weeds will only do more damage t

Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

It takes just a moment to appreciate the beauty of the countryside around us this summer, to take note of all the varied shades of green as the crops begin to thrive. So the parable of the SEED this Sunday has its evidence before our very eyes. Do take !me to see it as you drive along. The SEED that Jesus speaks of is the reign of God. When the message of LOVE went forth, it was received in a variety of ways. Some people had hard hearts and it was choked out. Some received it well, but soon lost enthusiasm. Others took it in, but the world around them covered up the truths. S!ll others, allowed the seed to sprout and send down good roots, so that the fruit of the seed could grow and thrive.

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