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Sixteenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time A

July 23, 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

The Wheat and the Weeds

It is helpful to know that the weed named here is a particular kind (zizania) known for its confusing resemblance to wheat in the early stages of growth. That helps us to understand why pulling up the weeds might uproot the wheat along with them.

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The Word Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ

In Our Weakness

In all the happenstance of history and space, the gospel tells us that the good lasts. It is worth the vast expenditure of matter and energy to gain the good.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Enemies And Retaliation

In this story, the shame is planted soon after the wheat seeds are sown, but it does not become full-blown shame until the weeds have matured to the point where they are clearly distinguishable from the wheat.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Gregory Palamas

The fact is that many godless sinners who live among people who are upright and devout repent in time and are converted, and by learning new habits of piety and virtue they cease to be darnel and become wheat.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Jesus is criticized by his purist contemporaries for inviting the outcast to eat with him as an anticipation of God’s salvation. He answers by saying that it is for God to make the separation and that God will do so only at the end.

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