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July 17, 2005 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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FIRST READING:

Wis. 12: 13, 16,-19 "In the place of sin, you give repentance."



RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Ps. 86 "O Lord, you are good and forgiving."



SECOND READING:

Rom. 8: 26-27 "The Spirit himself pleads for us in a way that could never be put into words."



GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:

Mt. 11: 25 "Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom."



GOSPEL: Mt. 13: 24-43

"Let them grow together until the harvest."





FOCUS: "Let them all grow together till the harvest, then collect the weeds and tie them bundles to be burned and gather the wheat into my barn."



REFLECTION: Watch your own step; be slow to criticize the doings of other people. When we criticize others, we get nothing for our pains; and how often we make mistakes! How carelessly it can lead us into sin! ... Again and again our judgement about an issue depends on the way our sympathies are engaged; a personal preference can easily rob us of the power to see straight. This obstinacy in our own opinions would have less power to disturb our judgements if all the desire of our hearts found its only scope in God.

People are influenced in their actions by undercurrents of self-seeking. ... All seems to go well with them as long as everything turns out in accordance with their wishes, their plans; but when their wills are thwarted, they lose their

balance and get angry ... Let awareness of our own self-seeking lead us to live a humble life following the teachings of Christ.

St. Thomas ˆ Kempis



"Attention to what goes on in the heart and what comes forth from it is the chief work of the well ordered Christian life. Through this attention the inward and the outward are brought into due relation with each other. But to this watchfulness, discernment must be added, so that we may understand aright what passes within and what is required by outward circumstance. Attention is useless without discernment."

Theophane the Recluse



"O God, help us not to despise what we do not understand."

William Penn



APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Introduce the liturgy by stating that the world is the field in which seeds and weeds of life grow. We are called as Christians to allow the weeds and wheat grow together. We are not called on to rid the world of sinners. God himself will do that on Judgement Day, because only God can know what is in someone's heart. Instead, we are called to love God and one another. Let us offer our prayers in love, for everyone in the world.



General Intercessions:

Introduction: Gathered together in Christ, as brothers and sisters, let us hear the voice of Christ in our lives and ask God to hear our prayers:



¥That pastors may lead in faith and serve in love the people who come to the Church seeking solace, instruction, and companionship with other Christians;

¥ That the whole world may experience true peace, the peace only possible through love;

¥ That our suffering sisters and brothers may God help us to turn their sorrow to joy;

¥ÊThat we may have the faith and strength to bear witness to the gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ.



Preface: Second preface for Ordinary Time

Prayers over the People: 2, 5, or 12



Faith Formation

We are not called on to weed the fields. This parable tells us not to judge each other. Only God can judge us. You may think you know that someone is sinning but in fact you don't know. God sees into all hearts. Let Him make the difficult decisions. Love everyone.

Song suggestions:

Happy Those Who Hear the Word of God

(Norbet) 199 BB, GP, WCH

Keep in Mind (Deiss) 308 BB/MI, PMB,

WCH



Children's Liturgy of the Word

If you have ever had to weed a garden you know it's a lot of work. Weeding a whole field would be a lot more work. Besides that, it is hard to know what's a weed and what's a precious plant. The parable of the weeds in the wheat fields tells us not to weed the fields: If we pull out the weeds, Jesus says, we may harm the wheat. That doesn't mean we should never weed our fields and gardens. It is a parable: It doesn't mean exactly what it says. (Explain this.) It means we don't have to go to all the work of ridding the world of sinners (and it would be a big job, indeed). If we try to rid the world of sinners, we will hurt a lot of innocent people, because we have no way of knowing if others are sinners or not, because we can't see into their hearts. Jesus says let him be the judge of who is a weed and who is not. He asks us to love everyone.

Song suggestions:

Keep in Mind (Deiss) 308 BB/MI, PMB,

WCH

Blest Are They (Haas) 455 BB/MI,

GPCOMP, GTR





GATHERING SONG:

Alive in Christ Jesus (Wren) G2, GC

All Hail, Adored Trinity BB/MI, CCH,

GPCOMP, PMB2, SM, WCH, W&S

All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford)

BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GP, G2, GPCOMP,

GTR, JS2, S&S

All the Ends of the Earth (Haas/Haugen)

BB/MI, CCH, GC, G2, GTR, RS

All the Ends of the Earth (Hurd) BB/MI,

JS2, S&S

Anthem BB/MI, CCH, GC, GP, G2,

GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, S&S

Be Like the Sun (Fabing) BB, S&S, W&S,

WCH

Christ's Church Shall Glory in His Power

CVH, SS, WP

Faithful Family (Cooney) BB, GP2, JS2, S&S

From East and West (Dufford) BB/MI,

GP2, JS, S&S

Gather Us In (Haugen) BB/MI, CBW III,

CCH, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, G2, RS,

SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP

Here I Am, Lord (Ward) GC, JS2, PMB2,

RS, SM, SS, WCH, W&S

Holy Darkness (Schutte) BB, GP2, JS2. S&S

I Am the Bread of Life (Englert) BB/MI,

PMB2, SM, SS, W&S, WCH

I Am the Light of the World (Hayakawa)

BB/MI, GC, GTR, G2, JS2, S&S

In Praise of His Name (O'Connor)

BB/MI, GP, GC, G2, GTR, JS2, S&S

Lift Up Your Hearts (O'Connor) BB/MI,

GC, GP, GPCOMP, G2, GTR, JS2, RS, S&S

Sing of the Lord's Goodness (Sands)

BB/MI, GTR, GC, G2, S&S

Sing Praise to Our Creator PMB2, WCH,

W&S

Though the Mountains May Fall (Schutte)

ACH, BB/MI, CBW II, GC, GP, G2,

GTR, JS2, S&S, SM, W&S, WCH

Wait for the Lord (Berthier) BB, CCH, GC, G2, GTR, RS

We Are the Light of the World ACH,

BB/MI, CCH, CVH, G2, GC, JS2, PMB2,

SS, S&S, W&S, WCH

What Is This Place (Oosterhuis) BB/MI,

G2, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, S&S, RS, WP

When Jesus Came Preaching CCH, CVH,

RS, SS, WP

Word of God, Come Down on Earth

BB, CBW III, CCH, CVH, JS2, PMB2, SS,

RS, WP



RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Psalm 86: Lord, you are good (Guimont)

CCH, G2, GC

Psalm 86: O Lord, our God (Schiavone) RS

Psalm 86: Lord, you are good PARM A1

Psalm 86: Lord, you are good (Waddell) RS

Psalm Response - Pastoral Care o/t Sick

(Hughes) WP



PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:

Believe and Repent (Meltz) PMB2, WCH

Domine Deus (Berthier) CCHM TAIZE II

Give Me Jesus (Hansen) BB, GP2, JS2, S&S

God Has Chosen Me (Farrell) BB, GC, S&S

Here I Am, Lord (Verdi) G-3021

Here I Am, Lord (Chepponis) GC, G-3292

How Shall They Hear the Word of God

CCH, SS, WP

I Know That My Redeemer Lives from

Concertato on Duke Street GC, WLP

I Long for You (Dameans) BB, GP, S&S

If the Lord Does Not Build (Schutte) BB,

GP, S&S

Let Justice Roll Like a River (Haugen) GC

Open Our Eyes (Grotenhuis) 8761 WLP

Remember Your Love (Dameans) BB/MI,

GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, RS

Seed, Scattered and Sown (Feiten) BB/MI,

GTR, GC, S&S

Speak, Lord (Ault) BB, GP, GPCOMP, S&S

The Word Is in Your Heart (Moore) BB, G2

Take, Lord, Receive (Foley) BB, GP,

GPCOMP, S&S

We Live a Mystery (Connelly) CCH, GC,

GTR, G2

What Does the Lord Require CCH, RS,

SS, WP

Your Word Is a Lamp(Englert) PMB2, W&S



COMMUNION:

A Grain of Wheat (Reagen) CCH, G-3105

Amazing Grace ACH, BB/MI, CBW III,

CCH, CVH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2,

RS, WCH, WP, Arrangement- G-2326

Be Not Afraid (Dufford) ACH, BB/MI,

CCH, CBW III, GC, G2, GP, GPCOMP,

GTR, JS2, RS, SM, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH

Bread That Was Sown (Norbet) BB/MI,

PMB2, S&S, W&S, WCH

Give Thanks and Remember (Miffleton)

PMB2, WCH

I Am the Bread of Life (Toolan) ACH,

BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, G2, GC, GTR, HM,

JS2, RS, SM, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH, WP

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

CCH, CVH, PMB2, W&S, WCH, WP

Keep in Mind (Deiss) BB/MI, GC, G2, JS2,

PMB2, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH

Let Us Break Bread Together ACH, BB,

GPCOMP, HL-402-12104, HM, PMB2,

SM, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH, WP

Loving and Forgiving BB/MI, JS2, S&S

Seek the Lord (O'Connor) BB/MI, GP,

GPCOMP, S&S

Table Prayer (Dameans) BB, GTR, GC, G2,

S&S

Unless a Grain of Wheat (Farrell) BB/MI,

GC , JS2, RS, S&S

Unless a Grain of Wheat (Hurd) BB/MI,

JS2, S&S

We Praise You (Dameans) BB/MI, GP, G2,

GPCOMP, GTR, GC, S&S

We Remember (Haugen) ACH, BB/MI,

CCH, G2, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, SM,

SS, W&S, WCH

We, the Body of Christ (Hillebrand)

BB/MI, GPCOMP, S&S

We Will Take What You Offer (Bell)

G-6201

Where There Is Love (Walker) BB/MI, JS2,

S&S

You Are Our Living Bread (Joncas)

BB/MI, GC, G2, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S

Your Words Are Spirit and Life (Farrell)

BB/MI, JS2, S&S



SONG OF PRAISE:

Canon of Praise (Pachelbel) HP-MW-1226

Eye Has Not Seen (Haugen) BB/MI,

CBW III, CCH, GC, GTR, G2, GPCOMP,

RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH

How Shall They Hear the Word of God

(Inwood) 7204 OCP

Praise and Thanksgiving (Lovelace)

AF 11-2169

Thanks to God Whose Word Was Spoken

CCH, WP

We Believe (Farrell) BB, 10257 OCP, JS2,

S&S



CLOSING SONG:

Christ Be Beside Me BB/MI, CBW III, JS2,

PMB2, SS

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come BB,

CCH, SS, WP

Father, We Thank Thee CBW III, CCH,

CVH, PMB2, SS, SM, W&S, WP

For All the Saints ACH, BB/MI, CBW III,

CCH, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2,

RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP

Glory and Praise to Our God (Schutte)

BB, CCH, GC, GP, G2, GPCOMP, GTR,

JS2, RS, S&S, W&S

God, Whose Almighty Word CCH, WP

God's Blessing Sends Us Forth CCH,

CVH, PMB2, WCH

Happy Those Who Hear the Word of God

(Norbet) ACH, BB, GP, JS2, S&S, W&S,

WCH

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name BB,

CBW III, CCH, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,

JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, S&S, SS, W&S, WCH,

WP

Humbly, Lord, We Worship You BB, SM,

W&S, WCH

I Know That My Redeemer Lives! ACH,

BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH, PMB2, SM,

RS, WCH, WP

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

(Hughes) BB/MI, GC, JS2, RS, WP

I Want to Praise Your Name (Hurd)

BB/MI, GC, G2, GTR, JS2, S&S

I Will Lift Up My Eyes (Conry) BB/MI,

CCH, GC, GTR, G2, S&S

I Will Not Die (Conry) BB/MI,

CCH, GC, GTR, G2, S&S

Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him

ACH, BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH,

JS2, PMB2, S&S, W&S, WCH, WP

The Church's One Foundation

ACH, BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH, HM,

JS2, PMB2, S&S, W&S, WCH, WP

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH, JS2, PMB2,

S&S, W&S, WCH, WP

Thy Kingdom Come (Cooney) G2, GC, RS

Your Word Went Forth RS