St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

No matter how often I weed my garden, within hours more show up. It’s always been a mystery to me. I see no seeds; I certainly didn’t plant them. How did they get there? I would like to claim “an enemy has done this”. But it happens every year and in every place I have had gardens. Is my enemy a stalker?

Most often when this parable is used for reflection on a retreat or a day of reflection, we are the hearers of the parable and are asked: “How receptive to the word of God are you? Into which category do you place yourself?”

It has been said that the prophet’s call is to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable. Of course, one group will be overwhelmingly happy and the other - not so much.

the prophet jeremiah 1512It was understandable that Jeremiah didn’t want to be a prophet. He knew it was a difficult vocation. So when he called, he claimed that he was too young. God answered that he was called to be a prophet even in the womb. Can’t get any younger than that! Several times he complained to God about his lot, even to wishing he had never been born, calling down a curse on the man who announced to his father that he had a son. Apparently he abandoned his calling for a time but God was insistent. He also had to watch as one of the kings read his words and then burn them page by page, the ultimate insult. He was thrown into a cistern and left to die but was eventually rescued. He foretold the Exile and then encouraged the people in exile to settle down and have families because he would be a long time before they would return to Judah. Finally when Babylon was intent upon destroying Jerusalem, the people forced Jeremiah to flee with them to Egypt whereupon, as rumor has it, they killed him.

With over a billion members in the Catholic Church plus who knows how many in other Christian denominations, it’s hard to believe that those who 1st accepted the Good News of Jesus were thought to be outsiders and therefore a threat in some way.

Today’s Gospel reading comes from the John’s account of the Last Supper. Judas had just left the table companionship to begin the process that would lead to Jesus arrest. Jesus had just said that Peter would deny him three times. But Jesus counsels them not to let their hearts be troubled because he is going to the Father to prepare places for them.

How would you like to be remembered? Most of you would say as a loving spouse, parent, sibling, and friend. Poor Thomas! He is remembered by most as a doubter. Can you blame him? His doubt was understandable. The other disciples claimed to have seen the Risen Lord, come back from the dead, who passed through locked doors with a real body with the mark of nails on his hands and his side pierced by a lance, talked to them, breathed on them, and gave them the power to either forgive or retain the sins of others like God himself. It all seemed unbelievable. It was no wonder he wanted tangible proof before he would believe. “Unless I see the marks of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I WILL NOT BELIEVE.”

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