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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 23, 2017
Read! Reflect! Respond!

As you listen to this intense and dramatic reading today,
what word or phrase caught your ear?
What sense does it leave you with in your heart?
by sharing your response to the question with others!

THEME: The reign of God is like ...

Matthew 13:24-30 (short form)
Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
"The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?' He answered, 'An enemy has done this.' His slaves said to him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' He replied, 'No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow
together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, "First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn."

Question for Children: What are the things that keep you from being a friend of Jesus?

Question for Youth: The good and the bad have the same opportunity to rule our life. What are you doing (bad habits, poor choices, etc.) that you need to weed out? Who can help you with that?

Question for Adults: How would you describe “the weeds” which have polluted your own faith, or the faith of people whom you know.


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