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July 23, 2017: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a person who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep an 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 came to the householder and said,
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
The householder answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’

The slaves replied,
‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
‘No,’ the householder said, ‘if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest; then at the 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.’ (Matthew 13:24-30)


What is the kingdom of heaven? On the last day, shall we be judged as the wheat? At times, we have weeds in our thoughts, words and actions. But God is ever present and patient with us as he was with Peter.


Let’s try to be wheat this week. Let’s try to stay focused on loving God. Let’s thank God for being patient with us.

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Marilyn Kirschten

Marilyn Kirschten is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence. Marilyn lives in a northern suburb of Chicago. She is a graduate of Marywood, Evanston and is involved in multiple ministries in her parish, Our Lady of Ransom in Niles, Ill.

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