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Fifteenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time A

July 16, 2017
Working with the Word

Study of the Readings
Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
et al

• Words,     Phrases
To the point
• First Two     Readings
• Experience

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Cracking a Parable

As an experienced farmer, you would notice this amazing contrast between the unpromising beginnings (seed squelched by birds, sun, and weeds) and the fantastic harvest that eventually emerges.

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The Word Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ

The Problem of Evil

We, like the earth that gives birth to us, are subject to the great inexorable laws of rise and decay. We are fundamentally good, we are things that grow; and yet because we grow, we lack.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The “Inside” Story

In the ancient world, sowing preceded plowing. Still, the manner of sowing described in this parable is sloppy and wasteful. If the sower is a landowner, the peasant audience would despise his waste of precious seed.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Gregory the Great

Many people are pleased with what they hear and they resolve to undertake some good work, but as soon as difficulties begin to arise and hinder them they leave the work unfinished.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Paul is not a romantic nature worshiper but a realist who recognizes “nature red in tooth and claw.” He attributes this lamentable state of affairs to Adam’s fall.

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