Fishing with St. James

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The opening prayer calls on us "to reject what is contrary to the gospel." Isn’t it contrary to the "good news" to waste and destroy God’s creation? The Creator has "greatly enriched the land" and invited all people to share in it and take good care of it.

In the second reading, St. Paul says "the world itself will be freed from its slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God." He also says that "all creation groans and is in agony." These two lines from the letter to the Romans can guide our reflections about how we treat the environment. Do we respect and care for the good earth we have been given? Or do we pollute, waste resources, and forget that we are stewards for future generations?

In St. Pope John Paul II’s World Day of Peace Message in 1990, he said, "The commitment of believers to a healthy environment for everyone stems directly from their belief in God the Creator, from their recognition of the effects of original and personal sin, and from the certainty of having been redeemed by Christ. Respect for life and for the dignity of the human per-son extends also to the rest of creation, which is called to join man in praising God."

As we listen to the parable of the sower in Matthew 13 may we be "the seed that falls on rich soil, and produce fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold." I hope and pray the blessing Jesus speaks in verse 16 comes upon all of us "blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear."

In praise to God for all creation especially the abundant "fruit" at St. James parish!

I am Joseph, your brother. Fr. Joe Hannappel

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