Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings

The Israelites wandering in the desert would seem to have had the spiritual life easy. How could they possibly miss God’s presence? There was a cloud to lead them to the Lord by day, and fire by night. But just like the stuff that ended up in the net in today’s Gospel, some people got it and some people didn’t.

The same is true for us. How hard can it be for us to see the Lord’s presence in our own lives? We have the Church, the Sacraments, and the Word of God, prayer that beckons us by day and by night. Still, some people get it and some people don’t.

The Kingdom of heaven, Jesus tells us today, will be like the fishmongers sorting out the fish from the seaborne refuse. May God lead us all to be among those who get it, so that we don’t get thrown out with all that vile stuff. After all, we have something way better than clouds by day and fire by night, don’t we?

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