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Seventeenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time A
July 30, 2017
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ

Layers of Wisdom

Even when darkness and loss become our daily bread, still the love of God labors incessantly to bring out larger love, greater forgiveness, more acceptance of life and love, even within pain.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

Searching for the Right Fuel

How might we imitate the fidelity of the older brother without falling into his envy, self-pity, and bitterness? Where can we access the right fuel to live out the Gospel?

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

God’s Gifts

What Christ gives to each one of his own people is greater than the gifts God gave Solomon. To each person who opens to Christ, Christ gives the indwelling Holy Spirit.

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

One Really Valuable Pearl

The thing that Solomon wanted most was “an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.” Isn’t it possible that what we want most is something very selfish: possessions, security, power, pleasure, comfort?

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

Precious Pearl

Are you shrewd about recognizing the “treasure” or the kingdom of God in your life? Do you find God, or at least look for God, in all things in your life?

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A Poem to Sit With

J. Janda

when I fell
that field
clove filled
filigree butterflies
and enameled bugs

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