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Sunday Reflection for July 27, 2014
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Sunday Summary

1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Solomon chooses wisdom above all to assist him in governance.

Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130 God's way is more valuable than gold and silver and all worldly delights.

Romans 8:28-30 All events of history can be woven into the fabric of God's goodness.

Matthew 13:44-52 There's a treasure in the field. It only costs everything you have.

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary TIme

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Exploring the Word
Do some comparison shopping
Most people are involved in a little bit of comparison shopping everywhere they go. Will it be strawberries or blueberries this week with breakfast? Depends on the current market value. Some things are more affordable on a certain day of the week, like hotel rates or plane tickets. Other things are cheaper at a particular time of day: the matinee price vs. the 7 o'clock showing of a movie. Shopping off-season is the best time to get the good prices on clothes or sports equipment. But some deals . . .
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Weekday Homily Reflection for July 23, 2014
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, July 27, 2014

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Preaching the News

Field of death leaves many questions

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,” says Jesus in this Sunday’s gospel. Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine agreed Monday to allow the bodies of 298 people that lay for days in a field to be evacuated, a significant movement to end the standoff after the crash of Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur which left its victims strewn in open fields. 

Pastoral Trends
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . .  Read more...