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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Gospel of Matthew for this Sunday has Jesus telling parables to the crowd. First we have the story of the man who sowed good seed in his field, but while asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The only thing to do was let them grow together until the harvest; then the weeds could be collected and burned but the wheat could be gathered and stored.
The second parable is also about the Kingdom of Heaven. It is like a mustard seed; it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when grown, it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the birds come to dwell in its branches.
And then there is a third parable about the kingdom of heaven as yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.

That gives us all plenty to reflect upon this Sunday. We had a beautiful funeral here yesterday and will have another next Saturday so I am thinking about the Kingdom of Heaven and how many people I love are there now!

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