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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 17, 2018
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ

Grow Unobserved

Despite all their efficiency, giant machine-driven harvesting makes it possible to forget the mystery of growth and human effort, as well as community.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

A Prodigal God

If nature, scripture, and experience are to be believed, God is the absolute antithesis of everything that is stingy, miserly, frugal, narrowly calculating, or sparing in what it doles out. God is prodigal.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

The Kingdom of God is Within You

The kingdom of God can be very small, or it can change its size and become very big. But why wouldn’t the kingdom of God always be the same size?

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring


God “who is our hope and our strength, who brings low the high tree and lifts high the low tree.” Having a God who makes the withered tree bloom gives us the courage to continue in the face of overwhelming odds.

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

Gifts of the Lord

Do you have confidence all the time, even when the spiritual weather patterns in your life are not? Paul said, “We are always courageous.” Is that true?

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A Poem to
Sit With

J. Janda

they seem like
suspended or thin

or touches of
on a canvas of
earth colors

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