17th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Jer 13:1–11
This is what Yahweh said to me: “Go! Buy yourself a linen belt and put it around your waist; do not put it in water.” So I bought the belt as Yahweh ordered and put it around my waist.
The word of Yahweh came to me a second time, “Take the belt you bought, the one you put around your waist, and go to the torrent Perah; hide it there in a hole in the rock.” I went and hid it as Yahweh instructed me.
After many days Yahweh said to me, “Go to the torrent Perah and get the belt I ordered you to hide there.” I went to the torrent and dug up the belt but it was ruined and good for nothing, and Yahweh said to me, “In this way I will destroy the pride and great glory of Judah, this wicked people who refuse to heed what I say, this stubborn people who go after other gods to serve and worship them. And they shall become like this belt which is now good for nothing.
For just as a belt is to be bound around a man’s waist so was the people of Israel and Judah bound to me—it is Yahweh who speaks—to be my people, my glory and my honor; but they would not listen.
Gospel: Matthew 13:31-35
Jesus put another parable before the crowds, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, that a man took and sowed in his field.
“It is smaller than all other seeds, but once it has fully grown, it is bigger than any garden plant; like a tree, the birds come and rest in its branches.”
He told them another parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast that a woman took and buried in three measures of flour until the whole mass of dough began to rise.”
Jesus taught all this to the crowds by means of parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So what the Prophet had said was fulfilled: I will speak in parables. I will proclaim things kept secret since the beginning of the world.
• John 6:1–15 Jesus feeds the crowds.?unclean spirits.
• Jesus is concerned not only for the spiritual needs of his followers but also their physical and psychological needs. When Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish, he did not only feed the peoples physical hunger but their need to be concern for one another and sense of community as well. Does our apostolate satisfy all aspects of living life fully as children of God?
• Pray for those who are suffering that people may unite to address this problem as one community.
The celebration of the Eucharist always includes hearing some teaching of Jesus. Listen carefully to the Read •ing and see how it can apply to your daily life.
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