Reflection - Fr. Donal Neary. S.J. Irland

11th Sunday i Ordinary Time, June 17th 2018

Parents often wonder about their influence on their family. They do their best to give values and faith to the children and see them living a different sort of life style. Teachers may wonder the same. Anyone in the work of passing on faith and values question how much they get across to people. 

The parable today is about the slow growth of faith.  We never know when or where the good we try to do bears fruit.  Many years later we may meet someone who tells us that something we said or did helped them in life. The values given in our family are often the deepest and strongest values we live by.  The seed will ‘sprout and grow, and the sower does not know how’.

We pass on the best in life both by what we say and what we do.  Young people watch for example. Faith and love is more ‘caught’ than taught.  Even when our lives fall short a bit, honesty and openness are fruits of what we sow
Jesus stresses how small the seed can be; with the help of God, the seed grows.  Sometimes in our anxietie4s about our children, we simply entrust them to God who loves them like a parent. 

Lord, thanks this day for all who have shared love to me and my family in their lives.


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