Reflection for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time…July 30, 2023

by Sr Anita Rolenc ND

First Book of Kings 3:5, 7-12
Romans 8:28-30
Matthew 13:44-46

In the Book of Kings, God says to young Solomon who is to succeed his father David as king, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”  Solomon requests understanding and the ability to judge right from wrong.

How would YOU answer if God told you to ask for what you want in order to carry out a ministry or a difficult task?

In Romans, God has predestined you to be remade into the image of Jesus.

What “changes” do you want God to help YOU make?

The passage from Matthew compares heaven to a treasure hidden in a field, a pearl, and a net full of fish.

For what would YOU sell all you had?  What is the “pearl” that attracts you?  When the angels divide the “good” fish from the “bad” fish, where do YOU hope to be placed?  Why?

May the God of Love and Compassion, guide our reflection and prayer.   Amen!