Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Matthew 13: 24-43.
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Wisdom 12: 13, 16-19.
There is no god besides you who
have the care of all, that you need show you have not unjustly condemned. For your might is the
source of justice; your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all. For you show your might
when the perfection of your power is disbelieved; and in those who know you, you rebuke temerity.
But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency, and with much lenience you govern us;
for power, whenever you will, attends you. And you taught your people, by these deeds, that those
who are just must be kind; and you gave your children good ground for hope that you would permit
repentance for their sins.
Psalm 86: 5-6, 9-10, 15-16.
R. Lord, you are good and
You, O LORD, are good and forgiving, abounding in kindness to all who call upon
you. Hearken, O LORD, to my prayer and attend to the sound of my pleading.
R. Lord, you are
good and forgiving.
All the nations you have made shall come and worship you, O LORD, and
glorify your name. For you are great, and you do wondrous deeds; you alone are God.
you are good and forgiving.
You, O LORD, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger,
abounding in kindness and fidelity. Turn toward me, and have pity on me; give your strength to your
R. Lord, you are good and forgiving.
Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know
how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one
who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the holy
ones according to God's will.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew
Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying: "The kingdom of heaven may
be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and
sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds
appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, 'Master, did you not sow good
seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?' He answered, 'An enemy has done this.' His
slaves said to him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' He replied, 'No, if you pull up the
weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at
harvest time I will say to the harvesters, "First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for
burning; but gather the wheat into my barn."' "He proposed another parable to them. "The kingdom of
heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the
seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the 'birds of
the sky come and dwell in its branches.'" He spoke to them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven
is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch
was leavened." All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. He spoke to them only in
parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet: I will open my mouth in parables, I
will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world. Then, dismissing the crowds, he
went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds
in the field." He said in reply, "He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world,
the good seed the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy
who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just
as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man
will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all
evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of
teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears
ought to hear."