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Sixteenth Sunday
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July 23, 2017
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ


God steadily forgives our weeds and lets us grow without uprooting us. It is not that he wants to encourage wildflowers, and it would be better if they were not there, but he loves everything about us and wants us preserved even in the midst of weeds.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

Thinking Small

The Kingdom of God, as Jesus assures us, is about mustard seeds, about small seemingly unimportant things, but which, in the long run, are the big things. Not much in our world today helps us to believe that.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

The Wheat and the Tares

The Lord knows his own. But we don’t. We can judge thoughts, choices, acts, and habits; but we don’t know enough to judge a person’s final resting place when the angels come at Judgment Day.

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

An Inclusive Church

An inclusive Church that is kind and lenient toward its own members and toward everyone else should be an inspiration to a divided world.

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

The Seed of Goodness

What gives nobility to your small efforts, sufferings and weaknesses? Do you ever call on the Spirit when you are in need? Think of all the ways the Spirit has come to your aid when you have needed help.

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A Poem to Sit With

J. Janda

Core samplings

if you do not judge
criticize or condemn

you have God’s heart

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