Reaching out with God's Love

Scripture Readings

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   July 16, 2017

 

First Reading:   Isaiah 55:10-13

God’s word to Israel’s exiles is as sure and effective as never-failing precipitation. Their return to the Holy Land in a new exodus is cheered on by singing mountains and by trees that clap their hands.

Second Reading:   Romans 8:1-11

There is no condemnation for those who live in Christ. God sent Christ to accomplish what the law was unable to do: condemn sin and free us from its slavery.  The Spirit now empowers proper actions and values in our lives and gives us the promise of resurrected life.

Gospel:   Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

In Matthew’s gospel, both Jesus and his disciples “sow the seed” of God’s word by proclaiming the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near.” Now, in a memorable parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces different results in those who hear.