The 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time at St Mark Catholic Church in Norman, OK
July 28, 2002
1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 + Romans 8:28-30 + Matthew 13:44-52
Matthew comes now to the end of Chapter 13, and the next discourse is about to begin: a discourse on Discipleship. His Jesus has drawn us in side. The parable of seed sown everywhere was spoken to the crowds by the lake side, and the final parable of the net is spoken from within to those who have asked and sought the meaning of these parables and shown desire to find the kingdom of heaven. For some that effort is as easy as tripping over something that was right in front of them. For others, it is a labor of desire that goes on and on. … more »
The 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time at St Mark the Evangelist Church in Norman, OK
July 21, 2002
Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 + Romans 8:26-27 + Matthew 13:24-30
“How far do you want to go?” was the question I posed to you last weekend. The lure of Chapter Thirteen continues with more parables of the Kingdom: parables that requires some information leading to understanding for those who want to step more deeply into the Kingdom of God. Without that information, we are left with silly riddles that do little more than entertain like riddles do for those who enjoy superficial intellectual guessing games.
There is a distinction drawn all through this chapter between the disciples, who understand these parables and those others who are not given understanding. … more »
The 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time at St Mark the Evangelist Church in Norman, OK
July 14, 2002
Isaiah 55:10-11 + Romans 8:18-23 + Matthew 13:1-23
Bob Dylan wrote a short parable for the cover of his album John Wesley Harding. Three kings are trying to understand the new Dylan recording. They visit a wise man and ask him to tell them what it means. “How far would you like to go in?” asks the man. “Not too far.” Reply the kings. “Just far enough to say we’ve been there.”
“Just far enough to say we’ve been there.”………
It could be the story of our lives when it comes to the Kingdom of God. “How far would you like to go in?” … more »
The 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time at St Mark the Evangelist Church in Norman, OK
July 7, 2002
Zechariah 9:9-10 + Romans 8:9-14 + Matthew 11:25-30
Humor me while I demonstrate something to you.
(Hold a dissonant chord on the organ/piano an uncomfortably long time and then lift.)
That is noise. Now watch this.
(Play the same notes with some rhythm breaking up the chord.)
That is music.
The difference between the two sounds is something called “rest.” It makes music out of noise, and it is also what makes life out of time. One of my favorite definitions of life is what happens we are not at work. Rest is what Jesus speaks of today, and it is an essential element in the life of a disciple. … more »