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July 26, 2014

Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of the Virgin Mary

Mt 13: 24-30

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well.

And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Growing Together

There is an ancient Crusader church (built in the 1130s) in today’s Muslim quarter of Jerusalem, at the start of the Via Dolorosa. It is Romanesque in style, with magnificent rounded arches, and has amazing acoustics. Every soprano and tenor wants to sing there. I heard the Easter Exultet sung there in April, 1981 by a Canadian Jesuit with a trained operatic voice–a once in a lifetime experience.

This is the traditional site of Mary’s birth, the home of Joachim and Anne/Anna.  The building has gone back and forth between the Muslims and the Christians, because when Saladin re-conquered Jerusalem, he made the sturdy structure into an Islamic seminary. The Arabic inscription is still over the entrance. For me, who has great difficulty with radical Muslims, it is a symbol of Jesus’ words, which might be an ecumenical prayer for us today: “Let them grow together until harvest,” – these Muslims and Christians.

—Fr. Robert Braunreuther, S.J., a Jesuit of the New England province, assists in University Ministry at Loyola University Chicago, where he is also minister of the Arrupe House Jesuit community.

Prayer

Lord, help us to remember that “all God’s children, of every people and language, are invited and called to be part of this great family —  as brothers and sisters and sons and daughters of the one Father in heaven.”

—Pope Francis


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July 26, 2014

Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of the Virgin Mary

Mt 13: 24-30

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well.

And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Growing Together

There is an ancient Crusader church (built in the 1130s) in today’s Muslim quarter of Jerusalem, at the start of the Via Dolorosa. It is Romanesque in style, with magnificent rounded arches, and has amazing acoustics. Every soprano and tenor wants to sing there. I heard the Easter Exultet sung there in April, 1981 by a Canadian Jesuit with a trained operatic voice–a once in a lifetime experience.

This is the traditional site of Mary’s birth, the home of Joachim and Anne/Anna.  The building has gone back and forth between the Muslims and the Christians, because when Saladin re-conquered Jerusalem, he made the sturdy structure into an Islamic seminary. The Arabic inscription is still over the entrance. For me, who has great difficulty with radical Muslims, it is a symbol of Jesus’ words, which might be an ecumenical prayer for us today: “Let them grow together until harvest,” – these Muslims and Christians.

—Fr. Robert Braunreuther, S.J., a Jesuit of the New England province, assists in University Ministry at Loyola University Chicago, where he is also minister of the Arrupe House Jesuit community.

Prayer

Lord, help us to remember that “all God’s children, of every people and language, are invited and called to be part of this great family —  as brothers and sisters and sons and daughters of the one Father in heaven.”

—Pope Francis


Please share the Good Word with your friends!