St. Anne Parish
Message from Fr. Larry Brito
This Sunday we celebrate our parish feast day in Honor of St. Anne. This year we will not celebrate as usual, but we will all pray togther for protection and intercession of St. Anne. God Bless you all. St Anne Mother of the blessed virgin Mary and grandmother of our Lord Jesus Christ, pray for us.
17th Sunday in Ordinary time, July 26th, 2020
Dear Brothers and sisters
In the first reading we see the young King Solomon being asked by God in a dream what he wished to be granted so that he could carry out his great office. Overwhelmed with magnitude of his responsibilities and the many lives that have been entrusted to his care and being well aware of his own shortcomings, Solomon asks for the ability to be a good leader. Already possessing wisdom at a young age, Solomon asks for an understanding heart to judge rightly and to distinguish right from wrong.
The Lord was pleased that Solomon did not request, riches, long life or revenge; the vanities of the world, but instead asked for the thing that comes from God; true understanding and wisdom. In other words Solomon is seeking first” the Kingdom of God”. The young especially but all of us must pay attention to this young man’s request. To know what is right and wrong and choose the good and reject the bad is the true wisdom that is lacking in the world today.
And so the Lord says to Solomon: “I do as you request. I give you a heart so wise and understanding that there has never been anyone like you up to now, and after you there will come no one to equal you”
Now this brings us to the one who surpasses Solomon in wisdom and understanding. Is this a contradiction to scripture where God said there would be no one to equal Solomon? No because Jesus is God with us. Jesus once said “
“The queen of the south will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, but you have a greater than Solomon here.”
The Greater than Solomon, Jesus Christ, presents to us three more parables about the Kingdom of God. Jesus begins with these words: “the Kingdom of heaven is like”.
Jesus uses analogies to help us understand how we human being are driven by worldly things, but when it comes to that which endures for eternal life we are passive. In other words the Lord is telling us to be more passionate for the Kingdom of Heaven than worldly person is for the things that will pass away. Seek first the Kingdom of God. This, my brothers and sisters, is true wisdom. Let us pray that we may all seek the Kingdom of Heaven above all other pursuits in life.
Fr. Larry R. Brito
Pastor St. Anne