Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Wednesday 16th Week in Ordinary Time
July 26, 2023, Matthew 13:1-9
Jesus and the Draft.
Drafts play a big part in sports. Colleges recruit high school students who excel in talent and ability. A student’s passion and work ethic are also credited with deciding to draft a Number 1 star—Pro sports draft players with the same model. Companies hire graduates who are the brightest and most outstanding achievers.
If He were building a worldly kingdom, Jesus would check out SAT scores and look over resumes. Instead, He is building a Kingdom for heaven. So our Lord chose Simon, Peter, who reacts rather than thinking things through and responding. He chooses two hotheads, brothers James and John, who want to blow up a town for rejecting Jesus. Jesus even chose a hated tax collector, Matthew, a known sinner, and traitor to his people.
Jesus sent out these ordinary men to begin the building of His Kingdom. It was an unlikely draft, but it worked and is still working 2000 years later.
So why did Jesus draft you? You will find that answer in the area you need salvation. The area we are at our worst is where Jesus loves us the most.
IGNITE THE FIRE!
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC