“The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.”

Jesus explaining the parable of the sower, Matthew 13:22

In today’s gospel, Jesus talks about four reactions to the word: lacking understanding, falling away due to conflict, faith choked by worldly anxiety and finally, those who understand, who withstand conflict, and who trust in God.

Of the three, the third resonates most strongly for me. I have often heard that we live in an age of anxiety, but I think that worldly anxiety is a constant. If anything, most of us live demonstrably well. A few years ago, a friend of mine, a Boeing engineer who immigrated from Syria in his youth, was trying to get his sister and her family out. They had fled the violence and were living in caves. He once remarked that “we live like kings here.” Yet we worry about our jobs and our financial security. Let us trust in God, live modestly and be generous.

For those of you who missed our Vigil for Social Justice, you can find the video by going to st-therese.cc and clicking on the Facebook logo in the upper right or searching on St Therese Seattle in Facebook.

Let us support Father in a smooth transition to reopening the Church for mass.  Contact Nicole St. Hilaire at nicoles@st-therese.cc to volunteer to be an usher or Diane Figaro at paa@st-therese.cc for safety concerns.

And let us be generous with our financial resources:

  • Give to the St Vincent de Paul Society by going to our website at st-therese.cc.  Scroll down to the St Vincent de Paul button near the bottom of the home page. If you prefer to write checks, please send them to Sr. Kathleen -SVdP , 3514 E. Marion St. , Seattle, WA 98122. The St. Therese conference has been overwhelmed by requests in the St Edwards area, which our conference is now serving. Please be generous!
  • Support the work of the Church of Western Washington by clicking on this link: Annual Catholic Appeal. If you have questions about the Appeal, please email me at jvrussell85@gmail.com
  • Finally, you can make a contribution online at st-therese.org and clicking on the “Donate Now” button or use the Push-Pay app on your phone.

Finally, join the Social Justice Commission! The Commission has but three members. It needs at least five more. If there was ever a moment that St Therese needs a Social Justice Commission it is now! If you want to work for justice, email Trisha Tinsley at citizencoach@gmail.com.

 

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