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Gospel for Sunday
GOSPEL FOR SUNDAY, July 12, 2020: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In this Gospel reading Jesus shares the Parable of the Sower, who planted seeds in different types of ground, with mixed results.
This brief video retells the story and offers an explanation of what each of the kinds of soil represents (stop just before 5:40). This is a great video to watch with your elementary-aged children!
If you wish to read the Gospel to your children, or they prefer to read it themselves, you will find the link here for the youth friendly version of this Gospel reading.
Discussion Questions (Elementary):
Talk to your children about all of the things that a garden needs to grow, and what Jesus shared would happened to the seeds that didn’t grow very well. If you watch the video, review what they heard about what each type of soil means to us. Take a walking tour of your neighborhood, looking for examples of the different types of soil which Jesus talks about. What kind of plants do you see?
(Middle School and High School):
Talk to your youth about which best describes them (or your family as a whole). Is your family a good place for the Word of God to grow? What would make it better?
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St. Martha of Bethany
Patron Saint of servants and cooks
Feast Day - July 29
St. Martha of Bethany, along with her sister, Mary, and brother, Lazarus, are said to have had a special relationship with Jesus. He was often a guest in their home, according to the gospels (Luke and John). Martha is mentioned in these gospels 3 times; each time helping to share an important message from Jesus.
In Luke’s gospel, Martha is upset because she is working hard to be hospitable to Jesus and his friends, while sister Mary sits at Jesus’ feet and listens to his Words. Martha complains to Jesus that Mary is not helping her; but Jesus gently admonishes her to focus on what is important (His words) instead of being distracted by all that is going on around her.
Martha apparently took Jesus’ lesson to heart, because later, when her brother Lazarus has died and her home is full of mourners, Martha leaves them all to meet Jesus (whom she has been told is approaching). Her conversation with Jesus shows her faith and courage. In the Gospel dialogue she states clearly, without doubt, that she believes in Jesus' power, in the resurrection, and most of all that Jesus is the Son of God. She and her sister, Mary, witness as Jesus brings Lazarus back to life.
Martha’s final appearance in the Gospels was very brief, but summarized the core of who she was. John describes a later scene where Lazarus was greeted, having been brought back to life, and Mary anoints Jesus with expensive perfume. The Gospel says that “Martha served”. She isn't in the spotlight, she doesn't do showy things, she doesn't receive spectacular miracles. She simply serves Jesus. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all have this said about us?
This video summarizes St. Martha’s importance in our Church life.