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July 23, 2017  7 UPs with Father Jack, Protestant, Episcopal versions.

Gospel: Matthew 13:24-43

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:  “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field.   While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.   When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.   The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?   Where have the weeds come from?’  He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’  He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them.   Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘”  He proposed another parable to them.   “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field.  It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.   It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.'”  He spoke to them another parable.   “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.”  All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.  He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:   I will open my mouth in parables,  I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world.  Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house.   His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”   He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.  The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil.  The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.  Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.  The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.   They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.   Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.   Whoever has ears ought to hear.”(https://www.bible.com/videos/266/series)

JV-LW
Father Jack Passed January 19,2017
but these are his thoughts for this lesson
Prayerful thoughts from Rev. Jack Vessels, SJ,
The Rio Grande El Paso Padre
Reflections for
JULY 23, 2017, 16th of yr:
Wisdom 12.13-19; Rms 8.26-27; MT 13. 24-43
THOUGH YOU ARE MASTER OF MIGHT, YOU JUDGE WITH
CLEMENCY,  & WITH MUCH LENIENCY GOVERN US.  BY THESE
DEEDS YOU TAUGHT YOUR PEOPLE THAT THOSE WHO ARE JUST MUST BE KIND.
“No, if you pull up the weeds, you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until the harvest. Then collect the weeds for burning; but
gather the wheat into my barn.”l among thorns; the thorns
grew up & choked it. Some seed fell on rich soil &
produced fruit, a hundred, sixty or thirtyfold.”

During the day: Be just but gentle, kind but firm; tensions need not boil over into conflict. The common good requires generous sacrifice from some, humble gratitude from others, mutual respect from all. Leadership leaves none behind.

ABOUT PRAYER: Prayer shares the Lord’s responsibilities: He seeks the best in each, with patience awaits its discovery.  Prayer enables us to perceive the ‘why’ of others’ obstinacy, with wisdom assuage it & with truth enlighten it. God’s might is in his mercy.

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