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September 20, 2021

St. Andrew Kim Taegon, SJ, and companions

Lk 8:16-18 

‘No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.’

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The Secret to Abundance

Many years ago, three soldiers, hungry and weary of battle, came upon a small village. The villagers, suffering a meager harvest and the many years of war, quickly hid what little they had to eat. The first soldier spoke to the village elders. "Your tired fields have left you nothing to share, so we will share what little we have: the secret of how to make soup from stones." Soon a fire was put to the town's greatest kettle as the soldiers dropped in three smooth stones. "Now this will be a fine soup", said the second soldier; "but a pinch of salt and some parsley would make it wonderful!" Up jumped a villager, crying, "What luck! I've just remembered where some's been left!" And off she ran, returning with an apron full of parsley and a turnip.

As the kettle boiled on, the memory of the village improved: barley, carrots, beef and cream filled the great pot. Soon all were eating and dancing with the villagers refreshed by the feast and their newfound friends. In the morning, the three soldiers awoke to find a satchel of the village's best breads and cheese. "You have given us the greatest of gifts: the secret of how to make soup from stones", said an elder, "and we shall never forget." The third soldier turned to the crowd, and said, "There is no secret, but this is certain: it is only by sharing that we may make a feast." (Author Unknown)

How easy it is to feel like those villagers. I need to conceal my resources -- there won’t be enough for me. If I champion someone more successful than I, perhaps my accomplishments will seem less remarkable. Maybe we simply don't believe we even have much to offer...so why bother. In today’s Gospel, there is an assumption – we are the light; we must lessen the darkness of others.  Let’s take a moment to pray for someone who curdles our blood with the sound of that person’s name. And here's the promise. You will be given more! More of what, you may ask. More of what matters most -- a peaceful heart, a joyous spirit, a confidence to move with conviction. And the strength to be loyal to the absent by speaking of them as if they were present.

Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, has assisted in the establishment and ongoing development of Jesuit Prayer, and founded the University of Notre Dame’s original prayer site in 2007. Kathleen is the author of  I had Lunch with God: Gospel Inspirations for Tough Times and the co-author of the forthcoming website  findinggodtoday.org .

 

Prayer

Lord, united in your Spirit, may we be the light that celebrates others’ accomplishments and lifts up those with scars on their hearts. We will be the light that reveals our own vulnerabilities so others can approach us with their fears. And, Lord, thank you for believing in us. May our light brighten the way for those who journey on the same path as we do this day. Amen.

Kathleen Sullivan


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September 20, 2021

St. Andrew Kim Taegon, SJ, and companions

Lk 8:16-18 

‘No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.’

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The Secret to Abundance

Many years ago, three soldiers, hungry and weary of battle, came upon a small village. The villagers, suffering a meager harvest and the many years of war, quickly hid what little they had to eat. The first soldier spoke to the village elders. "Your tired fields have left you nothing to share, so we will share what little we have: the secret of how to make soup from stones." Soon a fire was put to the town's greatest kettle as the soldiers dropped in three smooth stones. "Now this will be a fine soup", said the second soldier; "but a pinch of salt and some parsley would make it wonderful!" Up jumped a villager, crying, "What luck! I've just remembered where some's been left!" And off she ran, returning with an apron full of parsley and a turnip.

As the kettle boiled on, the memory of the village improved: barley, carrots, beef and cream filled the great pot. Soon all were eating and dancing with the villagers refreshed by the feast and their newfound friends. In the morning, the three soldiers awoke to find a satchel of the village's best breads and cheese. "You have given us the greatest of gifts: the secret of how to make soup from stones", said an elder, "and we shall never forget." The third soldier turned to the crowd, and said, "There is no secret, but this is certain: it is only by sharing that we may make a feast." (Author Unknown)

How easy it is to feel like those villagers. I need to conceal my resources -- there won’t be enough for me. If I champion someone more successful than I, perhaps my accomplishments will seem less remarkable. Maybe we simply don't believe we even have much to offer...so why bother. In today’s Gospel, there is an assumption – we are the light; we must lessen the darkness of others.  Let’s take a moment to pray for someone who curdles our blood with the sound of that person’s name. And here's the promise. You will be given more! More of what, you may ask. More of what matters most -- a peaceful heart, a joyous spirit, a confidence to move with conviction. And the strength to be loyal to the absent by speaking of them as if they were present.

Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, has assisted in the establishment and ongoing development of Jesuit Prayer, and founded the University of Notre Dame’s original prayer site in 2007. Kathleen is the author of  I had Lunch with God: Gospel Inspirations for Tough Times and the co-author of the forthcoming website  findinggodtoday.org .

 

Prayer

Lord, united in your Spirit, may we be the light that celebrates others’ accomplishments and lifts up those with scars on their hearts. We will be the light that reveals our own vulnerabilities so others can approach us with their fears. And, Lord, thank you for believing in us. May our light brighten the way for those who journey on the same path as we do this day. Amen.

Kathleen Sullivan


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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