July 23, 2017 SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
First Reading Wisdom 12:13,16–19
A reading from the book of Wisdom.
There is no god other than You,
whose care is for every living thing,
to whom You should prove that You have not judged unjustly.
For Your strength is the source of justice;
Your sovereignty over all causes You to spare all.
For You show Your strength when people doubt the completeness of Your power,
and You rebuke foolhardiness among those who know You.
Although You are sovereign in strength, You are mild in judgment,
and with great leniency You govern us;
for You have the power to act whenever You choose.
Through such works You have taught Your people,
that those who are just must be kind;
You have filled your children with good hope
because You give repentance for sins.
The word of God recorded in the book of Wisdom.
Second Reading Romans 8:26-27
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans.
The Spirit, too, comes to help us in our weakness,
for we do not know how to pray as we ought;
but the Spirit expresses our plea for us
with sighs too deep for words.
And God, who knows everything in our hearts,
knows perfectly well what the Spirit is saying,
for the Spirit’s intercessions for God’s holy people
are made according to the mind of God.
The word of God spoken through Paul.
****Draft July 23, 2017 SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
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Gospel Matthew 13:24-43
A reading from the gospel according to Matthew.
Jesus continued to teach the crowd in parables:
“The kin-dom of heaven may be compared to a farmer
who sowed good seed in the field;
but while everyone was asleep, an enemy came
and sowed weeds amnog the wheat, and then went away.
When the crop began to mature and bear grain, the weeds appeared as well.
The farmer’s workers came and asked,
Did you not sow good seed in your field? Where are the weeds coming from?’
The farmer answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
They responded, ‘Then do you want us to go out and pull them up?’
‘No,’ replied the farmer, ‘for when you pull up the weeds,
you will uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until the harvest;
then I will order the harvesters
to first collect the weeds and bundle them to be burned,
then gather the wheat into my barn.’ ”
Jesus presented another parable to the crowds:
“The kindom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a farmer sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full grown it is the largest of shrubs,
almost a tree, such that the birds of the sky come to nest in its branches.”
Jesus offered them still another parable:
“The kindom of heaven is like yeast a baker took
and kneaded into three measures of flour.
Eventually the whole mass of dough began to rise.”
All these lessons Jesus taught the crowds in the form of parables.
He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet Isaiah:
“I will open my mouth in parables.
I will proclaim what has been hidden since the creation of the world.”
Then Jesus left the crowd and went into the house.
The disciples also came in and said,
“Explain to us the parable about the weeds in the field.”
Jesus answered, “The farmer sowing the good seed is the Chosen One;
the field is the world, and the good seed are the people of the kindom.
The weeds are the followers of the evil one
and the enemy who sowed them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the world and the harvesters are the angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned, so it will be at the end of the world.
The Chosen One will send the angels
who will weed the kindom of all causes of sin and all who evildoers.
The angels will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
But those who are just
will shine like the sun in the kindom of their Creator.
If you have ears to hear, listen!”
The Good News of our Salvation spoken through Matthew.