A-17th Sun Ord 2017-07-30



Year A

First Reading          1 Kings 3:5, 7–12

            A reading from the first book of Kings.

God appeared to Solomon in a dream at night and said,

“Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” 

Solomon answered:

“Most Holy God, you have made me, your servant,

a ruler to succeed my father, David;

but I am a mere youth,

with no experience in leadership. 

And I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen,

a people so great in number they cannot be counted. 

Give your servant, therefore, an understanding mind

to govern your people

and the ability to discern good from evil; 

for who can govern this vast people of yours?”

It pleased God that Solomon made this request.

So God said to him:

 “Because you have asked for this—

and not for a long life for yourself,

or for riches,

or for the life of your enemies,

but for understanding to discern what is right—

I will do as you have requested. 

I will give you a mind 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.”

            The word of God recorded in the first book of Kings.


Year A

Second Reading      Romans 8:28–30

            A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans.

We know that things work together

for the good of those who love God,

who have been called according to God’s purpose. 

They are the ones God chose long ago,

predestined to share the image of the Only-Begotten

in order that Christ might be the firstborn within a large family. 

Those God predestined have likewise been called;

those God called have also been justified;

and those God justified have in turn been glorified.

            The word of God spoken through Paul.


Year A

Gospel           Matthew 13:44–48, 51–53       I did 44-52

            A reading from the gospel according to Matthew.

Jesus spoke to the crowd in parables.

“The kindom of heaven is like a buried treasure a family found in a field.

  Rejoicing at their find, they hid it again

  and hurried away to sell all they had to buy that field. 

And, the kindom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. 

When she found one pearl of great value,

she went home, put up for sale all that she had,

and bought it.


“And, the kindom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea

that caught fish of every kind. 

When the net was full,

those fishing hauled it ashore,

then sat down to put the good ones into containers

and throw away those of no use…” 

 “Have you understood all this?” 

“Yes,” they answered,

to which Jesus replied,

“Every scribe who has been trained for the kindom of God

is like the head of a household

who can bring from the storeroom both the new and the old.”

When Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place.

            The Good News of our Salvation spoken through Matthew.

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