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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time A
July 20, 2014

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, S. J.

In Our Weakness

Like one act of love, one time of kindness, one moment of courage, growth is imperceptible in the seeding. The mustard seed, once so tiny, becomes a great shrub, the home to wayfaring birds of passage.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Enemies And Retaliation

The peasants expect retaliation and revenge. Instead, the landowner appears helpless and bested by his enemies. Before the invention of electricity and television, such feuds provided entertainment for the village.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Gregory Palamas

And so the Lord’s servants, the angels of God, seeing the darnel in the field, that is, wicked and impious folk living among good people, and that even within the Church, said to the Lord: “Do you wish us to go and gather it up?”


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

We habitually think of prayer in terms of “me down here” speaking to “God up there.” But when I pray as a believer, it is not just “me down here”—it is the Spirit of God within me praying to “God up there.”