Most Holy Trinity

Pastors Reflection For Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 30th, 2023 

Lectio Divina for The Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Read the following Scripture two or three times:

 

Matthew 13:44-52

 

Jesus said to his disciples: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person

finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the

kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he

goes and sells all that he has and buys it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the

sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is

good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will

go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there

will be wailing and grinding of teeth.

 

“Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has

been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom

both the new and the old.”

 

Meditation

After the reading, take some time to reflect in silence on or more of the following questions:

 

What word or words in this passage caught your attention?

What in this passage comforted you?

– What in this passage challenged you?

 

Contemplation

Read the Scripture again, followed by this reflection:

 

What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me?

 

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.

What am I searching for?

How do I decide what is truly of value?

 

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.

How do I treat those who are different from me?

How can I learn to see Jesus in everyone I meet?

 

Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household

who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.

How do I show respect for tradition and the things of the past?

How do I remain open to what the Holy Spirit is doing in the Church and in the world?

 

After a period of silent reflection recite the Lord’s Prayer.

 

Living the Word This Week

 

How can I make my life a gift for others in charity?

 

Commit to some time for spiritual reading (the Bible, the lives of the Saints, the Catechism, papal documents, etc.) each day for the next month

 

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