Monday, the 17th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Ignatius of Loyola
Readings for today’s Mass
First, there is a great variety of images that many listeners would be able to relate to. Jesus is speaking to fishermen, bakers, farmers, vintners, landowners and laborers. The wide use of metaphors speaks to people from many walks of life.
The pearl and the buried treasure suggest that the kingdom is something to be greatly desired, so much so that much is put at risk to have it. Yeast and the mustard seed teach us that a lot can come from just a little, and there are great rewards for those who participate in the kingdom. It is clear, as well, that there will be a judgement based on one's participation. Some of the fish will the saved and some will be thrown away.
How do these images factor into your understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven? Do you have a favorite metaphor for the kingdom? What does it say about what you believe about Jesus and his message?