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Scripture Reflection 12 July 2020

Reflection {only view of Aidan Troy}


A seed looks so small. Yet, when the acorn becomes the great oak tree or the mustard seed grows to offer shelter, I am stopped in my tracks. The growth takes place underground and out of sight. The first sight of a tiny shoot peeping over the ground is a moment of ‘miracle’. How it happens I do not know. That it does happen is wonderful to behold.

God plants a seed of Divine life in each of us as He does in all creation. I would love to have a ‘peep’ into the plan God has in mind for me from all eternity. There is nothing wrong with the divine seed planted. The ‘soil’ of my life is the only variable that could possibly frustrate God’s plan.

As I look back over my life with God there is nothing good that I can point to that I did alone. All that happened was and is the work of God.

Take the call to be a priest that God gave me. From my earliest years I was convinced that nothing I could ever   do would be done on my own. When our training spoke of the ‘power’ and ‘authority’ that would be mine as a priest, I could not see how God fitted into this. Fortunately, I went with my original conviction that God is all, and nothing good happens that is not His.

God had sown a seed of belief in me from an early age. I realised that all comes from His loving hands. There are better priests than me through whom God can work very powerfully.

A ‘seed’ that I have treasured all my life as a priest is knowing that any good done in my life and ministry is God’s work. My only ‘power’ is to frustrate God’s dream for me. That is the sin part of my life.

What do I mean by sin in my life? Jesus in the Gospel talks about, “(s)he will have more than enough.” It is a source of shame to me as I look over my life, how often I failed to realise that I have ‘more than enough’ from God. Often, I ask God for even more.

Jesus speaks the Word of God to me throughout my life. He is the Word of God. Of me, Jesus says, “(he) looks without seeing and listens without hearing or understanding.” St Matthew explains how ‘the evil one comes and carries off what was sown in his heart.’ Other times, my heart loses its love and becomes like the place filled with rocks where the seed can find no roots. Receiving the Word in thorns is when I let the “worries of this world and the lure of riches choke the word”, and so I produce nothing. ‘Riches’ do not always refer to money; I can let ambition, my reputation as a form of ‘clericalism’, choke the Word.

Never did I want to be other than the ‘soil’ yielding a harvest. Truth is, that remains my hope. Jesus reminds me of how much God has invested in me. When God looks at the returns on His investment in me, it would not be surprising if He had given up on me years ago! Though He never will.

That is the kernel of Mass today. With all my failures, God can still say, ‘the word that goes out from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.’ (Isaiah). That gives me great consolation. God chooses to want me as ‘soil’ in which to plant His Word; even when I fail to deliver, He never gives up on me. He will use even my weakness as a conduit for His power. Like St Paul, I can still glory in my weakness. Then again, I recall that His power is all.

 

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