Word for the Weekend: JULY 7

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It's a long weekend for many and vacation time for some so there should be PLENTY of time to spend a few minutes with the scriptures for this Sunday, the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The readings and commentary on them can be found here and hints for helping children prepare to hear the Word can be found here.

In the first lesson Isaiah announces the end of Israel's exile and a return to their cherished homeland. The imagery here is lush and intimate as the Lord promises to comfort his chosen as a mother comforts her children. Another kind of intimacy is found in the second lesson as Paul identifies himself closely with the crucified Jesus, even to "bearing the marks of Jesus" on his own body. Your preacher might proclaim a longer or shorter form of a passage from Luke in which Jesus sends out 72 disciples, in pairs, with instructions on what they are to wear and carry. The longer version includes an account of the return of the 72 who rejoice in the ministry they've been chosen to offer.

In preparation for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, read:
- Isaiah for his beautiful imagery
- Paul for his personal confession of faith in Christ
- and Luke for summary of discipleship in Jesus' own day


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