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July 19, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Parable of the Weeds Among the Wheat

MT 13:24-43 OR MT 13:24–30

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.”


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St. Sharbel Makhluf (Feast Day July 24)

MAY 8, 1828 – DECEMBER 24, 1898

Although this saint never traveled far from the Lebanese village of Beka-Kafra where he was born, his influence has spread widely. Joseph Zaroun Makluf was raised by an uncle because his father, a mule driver, died when Joseph was only three. At the age of 23, Joseph joined the Monastery of St. Maron at Annaya, Lebanon and took the name Sharbel in honor of a second-century martyr. He professed his final vows in 1853 and was ordained six years later. He lived as a hermit from 1875 until his death. His reputation for holiness prompted people to seek him to receive a blessing and to be remembered in his prayers. He followed a strict fast and was very devoted to the Blessed Sacrament. When his superiors occasionally asked him to administer the sacraments to nearby villages, Sharbel did so gladly. He died in the late afternoon on Christmas Eve. Christians and non-Christians soon made his tomb a place of pilgrimage; many healings took place there. Pope Paul VI beatified St. Sharbel in 1965 and canonized him 12 years later.


Take time to chat

  • What do you enjoy about going to Mass on Sunday?
  • In today's Gospel, Jesus talks about wheat and weeds. What does the wheat represent? What do the weeds represent?
  • Why do you think Jesus didn't want to pull up the weeds until the harvest?


Recipe of the week

Lebanese Rice Pilaf

Lebanese rice goes with nearly everything. Since St. Sharbel was from Lebanon, it’s only fitting to add a Lebanese rice recipe here. Add a bit of toasted pine nuts, and you have the best side of rice!

2 cups jasmine rice
1 cup broken vermicelli pasta
2 ½ tablespoons olive oil
½ cup toasted pine nuts, optional

Rinse the rice well (a few times). In a medium cooking pot, heat the olive oil on medium-high. Add the vermicelli and continuously stir to toast it evenly. Vermicelli should turn a nice golden brown, but watch carefully not to over-brown or burn it. Add the rice and continue to stir so that the rice will be well-coated with the olive oil. Season with salt. Add 3 ½ cups of water and bring it to a boil until the water significantly reduces. Turn the heat to low and cover. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes on low. Once fully cooked, turn the heat off and leave the rice undisturbed for 10 to 15 minutes, then uncover and fluff with a fork. Transfer to a serving platter and top with the toasted pine nuts. Enjoy!


Family Fun

Outdoor Activities

  • Pull weeds in your garden or landscaping. Make it a competitive family activity to see who can pull the most weeds, and award a prize for the winner. Be sure to instruct children on the difference between weeds and plants/flowers!
  • Clean out your garage, shed, or storage area, and consider giving things away to charity. Alternatively, sell old things and consider using your proceeds to purchase something for your new outdoor sacred space.
  • Enjoy the summer weather by going for a walk as a family.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Allow someone to pick any decade of the Rosary they like. Read or retell that decade’s story. Use your imagination and think about the story as you pray the 10 Hail Marys and share what you heard or saw in the story. End with the Glory Be prayer.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

How many hymns did you sing today that contained the word "wheat"?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

"Families are at the very heart of our archdiocesan efforts to unleash the Gospel, because they are the first and most important setting in which evangelization takes place." (Guidepost 7)

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Fun Facts!

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Wheat is the third largest crop produced in the United States, following corn and beans. One bushel of wheat contains approximately one million individual kernels, and it weighs about 60 pounds!