Sunday, July 28, 2013

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me." Yes, God answers all prayers. If we ask, we will receive. If we seek, we will find. And if we knock, a door will open. But the room beyond is rarely the one we expect. Just look at the life and death of Father Stanley Rother, who was murdered on this date in 1981. He went to Guatemala to serve God's people, wound up on a death list, then made his way back to the U.S. and safety. But the people needed their priest, so he returned. They asked; he gave. Fr. Stan knocked on doors few dare to approach. And while he is not yet an official saint, is there any doubt about the home he was welcomed into? God is not a magic genie, fulfilling our every wish and desire. No, grace is a much better gift, for it satisfies our true needs, always. So let us be bold enough to seek, knowing we will find the unexpected kingdom. Brother Stan, pray for us!