Reflections 19th July 2020

A Reflection for the Sixteenth Sunday of the Year

MT 13: 24-43 (

At every Mass, Jesus feeds us with his word, as well as with his Body and Blood.  What message has God for us today? The Second Reading is very short but is so vital for our personal relationship with God.

We try to pray as best we can, but feel that we are talking to ourselves, or are upset about distractions, or feel insincere in what we say.

Today, St. Paul assures us that the Holy Spirit prays in us and for us:

When we do not know how to pray as we ought,

the Spirit himself expresses our plea

and ensures that our prayers are according to the mind of God. 

He makes our prayer relevant, acceptable to God, and beneficial for ourselves and others for whom we pray.

Fr. Karl Rahner SJ expresses it this way:

The Spirit of God prays in us. Here is the sublime dignity of our prayer.  He speaks words within us and for us which are the very substance of God himself worshipping God. The unfailing power of our prayer is the Spirit of God praying within us.  Always, when we pray sincerely, from however dry a heart, the Spirit of God prays within us. And so …  our prayer will become a fountain springing up unto everlasting life. 

Elsewhere, St. Paul tells us that: No person can say Jesus is Lord unless by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Yes, this passage of Scripture today is about how the Spirit of God empowers us. The real message of this reading is that we should be patient with ourselves – because the Spirit is there guiding, acting, bringing us along – even when we don’t know it. 

The Spirit is not a dove, nor a mighty wind, nor a tongue of fire, but a person who is God, to be honoured as we honour the Father and the Son. Every day of your life honour God the Holy Spirit living in you.

John Flavin C.S.Sp. – After ordination, Fr. John served in Sierra Leone. Returning to Ireland, he became an integral part of Spiritan education ministry and is a member of the community attached to St. Mary’s College, Rathmines. He has also served in administrative roles in Rome.