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Sunday Reflection for July 27, 2014
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Sunday Summary

1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Solomon chooses wisdom above all to assist him in governance.

Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130 God's way is more valuable than gold and silver and all worldly delights.

Romans 8:28-30 All events of history can be woven into the fabric of God's goodness.

Matthew 13:44-52 There's a treasure in the field. It only costs everything you have.

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary TIme

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Exploring the Word
Do some comparison shopping
Most people are involved in a little bit of comparison shopping everywhere they go. Will it be strawberries or blueberries this week with breakfast? Depends on the current market value. Some things are more affordable on a certain day of the week, like hotel rates or plane tickets. Other things are cheaper at a particular time of day: the matinee price vs. the 7 o'clock showing of a movie. Shopping off-season is the best time to get the good prices on clothes or sports equipment. But some deals . . .
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Weekday Homily Reflection for July 24, 2014
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, July 27, 2014

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» Downed airliner heightens Ukraine crisis – “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,” says Jesus in this Sunday’s gospel. In a significant movement to end the standoff after the crash last week of Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that left its victims strewn in open fields, . . . More...
» Child of the slums grows up to be Indonesia‚Äôs next president – In the reading from 1st Kings this Sunday, Solomon asks the Lord for “an understanding heart,” when he assumes his leadership role, “for who is able to govern this vast people of yours?” Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta whose common touch has made him a political phenomenon, will need a similar wise heart . . . More...
» Mideast teens practice dialogue instead of destruction – The psalmist this Sunday praises kindness and compassion as central to fulfilling God’s law. These qualities are central to programs sponsored by Hands of Peace (HOP), an interfaith organization . . . More...
» Ancient Christian communities forced to flee northern Iraq – Saint Paul confidently asserts in this Sunday’s reading from the Letter to the Romans that, “We know that all things work for good for those who love God.” But in some situations it is hard to see how that will come about. Christian families . . . More...
Quote of the Week
“I thought I was going to bed with the devil. But I’ve learned that a lot of (border control agents) are risking their lives to help people not die.”

—--Carlo Nicolau, composer, on being asked how he feels after being commissioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to write a song in Spanish discouraging Latinos from hopping freight trains to travel from southern Mexico to the U.S. border

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Fact of the Week

The Bible is the number one shoplifted book of all time.

Pastoral Trends
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . .  Read more...