16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Good News Inspiration for Daily Life

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time Bulletin Insert for July 19, 2020.

Description: Reflection for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time explains that, in Matthew 13:24-43, Jesus uses parables to teaches us the same three strategies found in Go and Make Disciples, published by the US Bishops in 1992. This document names three important layers of evangelization:

(1) Nurture your own faith-growth. In the kingdom of God, we are like good wheat growing amidst weeds.

(2) Invite others to conversion. In the kingdom of God, we are like the tiniest of seeds that grow into a bush so large that others benefit from our growth. 

(3) Transform society through true Christian living. In the kingdom of God, we are like yeast that helps the whole batch swell up and mature into the bread of life that nourishes others. 

Maybe you never saw yourself as an “evangelist”, but you are! This is your calling as a baptized Christian. Which of the three areas of evangelization are you most actively doing? Which needs more of your attention?

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Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time or handout for ministry teams, staff meeting, evangelization training, adult faith formation, RCIA, etc.

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