Once Sunday observance takes 'root' the nourishment from the liturgy has no other sustenance In comparison. How has reclaiming Sunday changed your life? Your
week? Your relationships? It is a day to strengthen us in the second of the Ten Commandments: ' You shall not take the name of The Lord your God in vain. (CCC 2142-2144." ) When we are in love we desire to will the good of another.
When we are satiated by the Word of God, a new wonder for each person unfolds. Here a pause is made to hear the cultural sounds around us. How are we addressing one another of the things of God? Given, the
state of life will bear on this, how may we learn from one another to promote the good of one another? Are ample occasions and images in front of us to fortify our belief in God and the victory he has won for us? Does anything need to be changed
to grow into a deeper intimacy with our loved ones?
Taking root in fertile soil is a subject those close to the earth can speak to. Dirt/ soil is on the hands of a farmer who labors the fields to put the food
in our markets and onto our tables. In our church the 'root' that is not always evidently visible is the enclosed monastery of prayers with religious who commit to a life of prayer. This is mysterious in a time where consumerism can bear
on a misguided understanding of happiness. This week the local Carmelites are praying a novena leading up to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel's day on the 16th. These good sisters are a sign of God's love, who make up for our emerging prayer life. If you
have yet to visit an enclosed order, see if one is nearby. May the global needs for peace be rooted in our renewed commitment to prayer. Matthew's Gospel chapter 13 moves us to ask God to improve our hearing of the word so that in the world we may speak
of the Glory of God!