Word for the Weekend: JULY 13

Here are the scriptures and background material on them for this coming weekend's worship. Got kids? Take a look at these hints for helping your young ones prepare to hear God's word this weekend. We'll be celebrating the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Are you in a spiritual drought?  Need a nod from the Lord? This week's first lesson, from Isaiah, contains a beautiful image of how God's word "rains and snows" upon us. For many readers the snow will be out of season but the rainy image should work.   Got some problems? Writing to the Romans, St. Paul treats of the "suffering and groaning" of our present time (in every age) and how the Spirit promises us freedom.  How is God's Word growing in your life? The gospel comes in a short and a long version of the parable of the sower and the seed. Which version would you like the preacher in your parish to proclaim? Small, large - or something in between?

Here's a tip... On Mondays I print out the three readings for the coming Sunday and put them in my pocket. That way the texts are with me wherever I go and whenever I have some time to spend with them. This also affords me a handy place to jot down ideas as they "rain and snow and sprout and grow" during the week. Think about printing out the texts and putting them in your pocket, purse or brief case. The Lord has promised that the word that has gone forth from his mouth will be fruitful - wherever you may go...


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