SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Jesus draws his parables from everyday images of hope and discouragement. There is the hope of a tiny seed that produces a marvellous tree, the small amount of leaven that makes it possible to feed a large family or a small village. There is also the discouragement of the farmer who finds that the field sown with clean seed is sprouting weeds; but it is a moment of discouragement that will be transformed by patient waiting.
These parables announce to us the promise of joy of the Kingdom of God. Let us welcome that promise in this celebration of the Eucharist.
Fr Philip Sainter
Father Philip is now in Lourdes (returning on Friday 28th July) where he will be remembering you all in his thoughts and prayers