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June 14, 2015 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time


                                          The Mystery of Growth

 God, our creator, has created nature in a mysterious way. Each time we plant something in our garden, trim and maintain it, we discover the wonder that creation is. Jesus used images from agriculture common to his time and place, and ours. The mustard seed is one of them.  Although it appears so insignificant due to its tiny size, it becomes a mature tree in which he tells us that “the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade”. This mysterious growth is revealed early in the Gospel of today – the scattering of the seed that leads to its sprouting and growing – as the sower “knows not how” the seed has grown and developed. Often we may see our faith, and that of others, as just as mysterious in his growth and development. This becomes more apparent when we see in the same family, for instance, siblings who were raised in the same home by the same parents, educated in the same institutions, yet some have a vibrant and active faith life, while others have abandoned their faith heritage. Many may say that personality is the decisive factor in this mysterious growth or withering. As I reflected on it, however, it seems that ‘disposition’ is far more crucial to this mysterious growth. The dictionary describes disposition as:  “the usual attitude or mood of a person or animal, a tendency to act or think in a particular way”. From my experience, is seems that this is the determining factor (for most of us) in our growth in faith. It is more than personality, it is the perspective with which we look at ourselves, the world, and in particular, God. One aspect of this disposition is our openness and admittance of our need for God, and for faith. It is not just an ‘extra’ for us, but is essential to our being and doing. It is at the core of who we are. We may be able to identify people, events, experiences, and places that we associate with our faith growth, but when it comes right down to it, it depends on our disposition. Two people can have the same experience, yet each responds in a different way – one opening himself/herself to new life, and another hardening their heart to any insight or grace present in the very same experience. Such is the mystery of growth in faith! Let us thank God for our disposition, a sign of his grace, and let us be aware how we can influence the disposition of others by the way we express and live our faith in Jesus Christ.   

  Father Paul S. Voisin, C.R.

06 – June 14, 2015 Bulletin




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