Sunday

23 Jul 2017

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Click here for all content for this cycle

SUNDAY SUMMARY

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19  Our sovereign God has no need to defend acts of justice or mercy.

Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 (5a)  The greatness of God expresses itself in goodness, kindness, and forgiveness.

Romans 8:26-27  Sometimes we have no words to lift up to God. The Spirit knows what to say.

Matthew 13:24-43  Not everything that grows in the field is worthy of the harvest to come.

The inner word

The inner word

What’s in your heart?

For Matthew, faith is never stagnant. If there's faith, there's growth: good seed planted in a field, a tiny mustard seed growing into a mighty bush, yeast making the dough rise and turning wheat into wholesome bread.

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Exploring the word

Exploring the word

Virtue and vice grow up together

It’s rare that a motion in D.C. gets bipartisan support. But instituting Parents’ Day on the fourth Sunday of July to “recognize, uplift, and support the role of parents in the rearing of children" did just that in 1994. No matter how we vote on Election Day, every day of the year parents deserve our thanks for doing the toughest and most vital job in America: preparing the future.

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In other words

In other words

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

He told another story. “God’s kingdom is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too.

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Homily stories

Homily stories

Dig deep and grow strong

Urban farming has taken the country by storm, as Indiana Public Media reports. Across the nation, people are taking back the land one acre and one project at a time. A shuttered shopping mall in Cleveland with atrium lighting is being transformed into a giant indoor farm thanks to a project called “Gardens Under Glass.”

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Prayers

Prayers

Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

We turn to our God who is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in kindness and faithfulness to us.

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Quotes

Quotes

Those therefore who wish to . . . inherit the everlasting kingdom of God must not be weeds but wheat. They must avoid saying or doing anything useless, and practice the opposite virtues, thus bringing forth the fruits of repentance.

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