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Contents: Volume 2

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time






1. -- Lanie LeBlanc OP
2. --
Dennis Keller
3. -- Fr.
John Boll OP
4. --(
Your reflection can be here!)

Sun 16 B 2024

The Lord's answer of "Woe to..." in the first reading from the Book of Jeremiah certainly can be addressed to many people involved in some of the horrific events in today's world. We all search for answers to reduce the turmoil in our daily life, however widespread or seriously it affects us though, personally or remotely. Invited or not, tension which can turn into turmoil, is present!

Tension comes in different forms, mostly from not good sources as we all know, but also from trying to do too much, even too much good. Tension can come from being a work-a-holic or a chronic worrier, characteristics that can be found even among the most solid of whom I call "church people". The answer to preventing tension from turning into turmoil is still peace in Jesus through grace and balance.

In today's Gospel story, Jesus recognizes that doing the Father's will, as he sent the disciples out to do, creates many blessings, but also the possibility of exhaustion and a lack of self-care. "Remember to keep holy the Lord's day" seems to have moved from a commandment when I was a child and then raising young children to trying to claim a bit of personal prayer time each day for many people, myself included. Those who are in ministry as their full time paid vocation often have to be talked into taking a vacation since it is often hard to get a "replacement/substitute" to help those who find themselves in need during the person's absence. Those who care for minor children and teens are often in the same situation. It is hard to remember that we can not do it all, it is not only up to us!

I think that Jesus shows us in today's Gospel that self-care in not an option, but a requirement for all of us, especially "church people"! Everyone among us, including clergy and religious, the single moms or dads and the always on call grandparents, indispensable assistants, bosses, those who live alone etc. needs to carve out time each day to listen to the Prince of Peace. Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, will initiate and direct our actions and rest. Then we need to string some time together to refresh our spirits so that we can work more effectively and manage the tension. Let us all try to bring that message to our church families as a place to start helping one another better care for ourselves and for each other. That kind of care is what Jesus did after all.

Lanie LeBlanc OP
Southern Dominican Laity

Reflection for the Sixteenth Sunday of Ordered Time
July 21 2024

Jeremiah 23:1-6; Responsorial Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:13-18;
Gospel Acclamation John 10:27; Mark 6:30-34

Our Prophet Jeremiah could never be charged with being politically correct. His family was connected with the Temple. He was expected to fall in line with the policies and actions of the Temple’s and political leadership. Much to the disappointment and anger of those in leadership he had a different agenda. His agenda came from God and was in open conflict with the current leadership. At an early age he was called by God to be a prophet. It was as if God made a deal with him. As he began experiencing push back to God’s prophecies he experienced the wrath of leaders. So much for prestige, for adulation, for respect. He shouted in anger at God: “You duped me!” The authorities disliked his warnings against making concessions with the Assyrians, with the Egyptians. When the Babylonians captured Jerusalem, he warned the faction that thought their rebellion would reestablish the Kingdom. He described what would happen the Jerusalem and Judea if the attempted assassination of the Babylonian governor succeeded. It did succeed and Nebuchadnezzar, Babylon’s king, laid siege to Jerusalem. The slaughter was horrific. Those who survived were in large part taken to Babylon. Only shepherds and farmers – the powerless - were left to till the land and supply food to the empire.

The prophecy in the first reading occurred before the first siege of Jerusalem. The shepherds he rails against are politicians and religious leaders. In human history corruption seems always to follow power and excessive wealth. And so prominent and wealthy and well-educated Jews went into captivity for more than a generation. Jeremiah understood and exposed the graft and cheating of political and religious leaders. In large part the owners of capital equipment and production were Sadducees. They were the capitalists of that era. The religious leadership especially the persons of the high priesthood were Sadducees as well. Jeremiah’s warning is not merely an historical warning for that time. It applies as well to us. We should be careful who we chose for leadership.

The second reading has been a stumbling block for me. The “becoming near” line seemed like a geographic reference. There is a non-geographic meaning. In the Jewish faith tradition of Paul’s time, when someone converted to Judaism they were said to have come near. Perhaps this is a reference to the organization of the Temple. The first area when coming into the temple was the court of the Gentiles. The second court was the women’s court. The next court was for Jews who had been circumcised. The final area was the Holy of Holies where the ark of the covenant was housed. So, a male convert was said to come “near” by conversion and circumcision and allowed entrance into the court nearest the Holy of Holies. In our Christian faith tradition, coming near meant – for men and women – being baptized into the community, the worshiping assembly. Paul says the walls were broken down – that is the walls segregating baptized gentiles and women from Christian men. That change was not the only change that came with the Ministry and Death and Resurrection of Jesus. The Law of Moses was more of a foundation to a relationship with God. The commandments and precepts are foundational, not the substance of Christianity. Christians practice more than religion -- that is the rules, commandments, the guard rails of life. The Christian establishes the foundation based on the Law of Moses for happiness but then moves their spiritual living into a filial relationship with God. This daughter and son relationship is based on the truth that creation is an expression of God-self. Each person has uniqueness that is a unique expression of God. Some call it a spark; some call it a characteristic. In any case, that expression is like a seed. During life, that seed grows – or decays, depending on our free will choices. The choices ought to have a base of love. The wonder of the Cross is that it put death on the run. Death is not the end but a transition to newness of life. And that newness is hinged on how we have grown – or decayed – the implanted seed. What we have become, who we are, is how we return to God. And story of that seed follows the parable of the talents. Did we just bury that uniqueness of God’s gift? Did we double it, did we triple it? Did our suffering and anxieties turn into growth? Did our great times, our positive relationships with others, with creation lift us into the Kingdom of God?

The gospel reading tells us how hungry the people were for Jesus’ healing, feeding, and unity growing. The narrative tells us these people flocked to Jesus because they were hungry for more than life appeared to hold for them. It is said our time now is a time of distraction. Accumulation and power and notoriety become goals for life. These can be powerful distractions, distracting us from growing God’s gift. Distractions can cause God’s gift to die of starvation.

This Sunday is an opportunity to join the crowd. We will discover in Jesus the hope of a meaningful and purposeful life. It is a pathway that brings us to justice, joy, and abundant peace.

Dennis Keller

2024-07- 21 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Jer 23:1-6/ Eph 2:13-18/ Mk 6:30-34

“People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.”

The people really went out of their way ...
We’re not talking about some plush resort,
or some lush Oasis filled with abundant resources.

They went out to the desert!
A harsh, deserted, desperate place
where life is fraught with constant challenges
and life is never but a breath away from it’s end!

What would drive them to such a foolish journey?
even with seeming enthusiasm?

It is as if ,the worldly, seemingly watered, places where they lived, are the real desert they flee.

What about you and me?
Are we that deeply desperate that we too
will flee into the desert,
to seek that for which we most hunger?

What is your deepest hunger?
What do you seek . . . that will enable you to truly live?

To have a sufficiency of food and shelter?
To know peace and security?
To have companions on the journey?
To know purpose and meaning?
To find the fulfillment of your being?
Is it a hunger beyond these things . . . that you cannot define?

Our desires are many,
And If we attain our desire ... IS it ever enough?
We always want more.!

It is as if, our longing will only be satisfied
by that which is infinite and eternal.
No matter how many other good things we gather into our lives,
we will not be wholly satisfied.
Is it that Only in the infinite will all the rest
find purpose and become blessings?

St Francis discovered this desire:
Legend has it, he once responded to a comment by one of his brethren, about his constant seeking of deserted places to pray,
“It is never enough!” he said.

St Augustine of Hippo,
unsatisfied after pursuing many good things,
testifies on the first page of his autobiography,
“You have made us for yourself O Lord, and our hearts are RESTLESS, until they rest in you.”

Have we SEEN and Come to KNOW
And do we HASTEN to arrive early
at the place where we will find the Sabbath of Jesus?
Do we wait with longing?

What is it that Jesus will do for us when he arrives?
“When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with compassion for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.”

Why this response?
They have seen his freeing others, miracles, and healings...
Are they coming ... for more of the same?
After such arduous travel to get there,
Are they, and we, disappointed in his response this time?

Here, Jesus responds not with exorcism, miracles and healings,
but rather, he responds to their deepest hunger and longing,
and so, “he began to teach them many things.”

Will we listen, will we hear, ...
and discover what we most long for?

To respond, is to seek out and learn the “many things” he taught.
Dive into the revelations and challenges
of his words and actions.

In today’s world,
we do not run into a physical desert to meet him on the shore.

Yet, his compassion endures for us
- In the witness of the Apostles and Disciples who heard him speak
- In the witness of the Holy Spirit guiding us, the church over time,
- In the witness of saints and teachers,
who handed on the Faith to our very day!

Our Response?:
Is a journey of struggle, hope, and vision,
powerful and trans-formative...
Of insight and mystery... as Francis and Augustin discovered

We must pray to meet him where he is in our lives,

We must study to hear and understand his word

We must act on the MANY THINGS he taught us..

So to seek the God who is Love,
Who is The infinite, eternal, Divine Communion
who is our Deepest Desire.

John J. Boll, OP

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Fr. John



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