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Looking More Closely at the Word
16th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
July 23, 2023
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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The Word Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ

In Our Weakness

We are so afraid of our smallness. What is large is impressive. The grand is good. The small seems weak and vulnerable.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Enemies And Retaliation

An enemy has sowed weeds among the wheat. The fact is mentioned without comment. Jesus’ audience understood this perfectly.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Gregory Palamas

Harvest time will be the end of the world, for although it began long since and continues now through death, only then will all things come to an end.

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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. 

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

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.”

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