Parish News for the Month of July

 


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Readings for the Week

Readings for the Week of July 23, 2017
Sunday: Wis 12:13, 16-19/Ps 86:5-6,
     9-10, 15-16/Rom 8:26-27/
     Mt 13:24-43 or 13:24-30
Monday: Ex 14:5-18/Ex 15:1bc-6/
     Mt 12:38-42
Tuesday: 2 Cor 4:7-15/Ps 126:1bc-6/
     Mt 20:20-28
Wednesday: Ex 16:1-5, 9-15/
     Ps 78:18-19, 23-28/Mt 13:1-9
Thursday: Ex 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20b/
     Dn 3:52-56/Mt 13:10-17
Friday: Ex 20:1-17/Ps 19:8-11/
     Mt 13:18-23
Saturday: Ex 24:3-8/Ps 50:1b-2, 5-6,
     14-15/Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42
Next Sunday: 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12/Ps 119:57,
     72, 76-77, 127-130/Rom 8:28-30/
     Mt 13:44-52 or 13:44-46

From the Pastor's Desk

     In the Gospel last week, St. Matthew tried to explain why some people reject Jesus. Today, the Apostle explains how to live with them. Jesus answers the question by saying, “Let them live together. If you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. At harvest time, the harvesters will do their job and separate the weeds from the wheat.” This is something we cannot do. Only God’s wisdom can determine the proper separation.            
     Neither Jesus nor St. Matthew identify the weeds with a specific group of people. What truly separates humanity is mysterious. None of us truly understands the heart of our enemy. Despite our rush to judge our neighbor, people are more complicated than we can understand. Jesus is saying, “Let them grow together. My disciples will be obvious.”            
     In the middle of the lesson about the weeds among the wheat, Jesus offers two short parables. They are both about abundance and amplify His lesson about the weeds among the wheat. Jesus is comfortable with the weeds growing with the wheat. Even though their presence among the wheat is annoying, they will cause no harm.