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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Collect for this Sunday: "Show favor, O Lord, to your servants
and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands...."

The first reading is from the Book of Wisdom 12: 13, 16-19

The second reading is from Paul's Letter to the Romans 8:26-27 and worth quoting here:

"The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches hearts know what is the intention of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the holy ones according to God's will."

The Gospel is from Matthew 13:24-43 but there is also a shorter form 13: 24-30
Jesus proposes three parables. The one is the man who sowed good seed and the enemy came while he was asleep and sowed weeds....
The next is "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches."
The third is the kingdom of heaven is "like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened."
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