Pay Attention to Omissions

Reflection for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Times by FAN Staff, Sr. Marie Lucey

This reflection was originally posted in our August 1st newsletter


OmissionsSometimes, as with the Sunday readings for August 7, the option of omitting passages in brackets is offered to shorten the scripture passages. While shorter rather than longer readings may be welcome on a hot August day, several of the richest lines for reflection may be lost. The theme of the scriptures is fidelity, the faith of our ancestors and faithful vigilance on our part at all times. But lines within brackets are what caught my attention.

The gospel of Luke holds this gem: “For where your treasure is, there will you heart be.” What in my life do I most treasure? Happiness? Health? Friends? A good reputation? Hard earned possession? My intellect or skills? The faithful presence of God in my life? Where is my heart?… Later, in the same passage, there is the challenge, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much…” If my life is filled with blessings, how do I share them with others, especially with those in need of a helping hand or voice?

Some of those most in need today are immigrants and refugees. They come to mind in the bracketed lines in Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews: our ancestors in faith “acknowledged themselves to be strangers and aliens on earth…seeking a homeland.” Here is a good reminder that those of us who are citizens of a country are also aliens seeking an ultimate homeland in God, and we are challenged to reach out to those seeking a homeland on Earth.

In the Good News and in the daily news, let’s not overlook what can be omitted in brackets or in stories of goodness hidden away behind the headlines of violence, disaster and corruption. Sometimes it is these teachings and stories that cause us to ponder and that give us hope. Let’s remember also that August 7 comes between two anniversaries of death and devastation—Hiroshima and Nagasaki. May these remembrances strengthen our resolve to be nonviolent peacemakers.

Suggested action: This week, look for stories of goodness in each day’s news.

Sr. Marie Lucey
FAN Director of Advocacy and Member Relations

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  1. Good food for thought, Marie! Thank you.


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