Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Let them both grow till the harvest
The Word This Week
There is no room in a good field for weeds and rubbish: so in the
Notes for Readers
God is the only just and perfect judge: but his perfect judging is mild and lenient. This is a great and mature prayer of trust in God: not a vengeful and arbitrary deity, but a God whose strength is love. When you proclaim this, there must be a quiet confidence in your voice: this is not a shout from the rooftops, but the cry of a heart that is aware of the way in which we human beings can wander from the path, until we are called back gently by a God who is good and forgiving. With the voice, you can express many thoughts: reading about strength and sovereign power demands a different tone from reading about lenience and mildness. While proclaiming this reading gently, make sure that it still has some movement and variety.
Two simple verses of Pauls letter, but containing so much! One of the problems we often face in our lives as Christians is an inability to pray: we know what we want to say, but somehow we cannot express that thought in any way. Many of the congregation you stand before will know this feeling. Today, you are offering an answer to that problem, so read with the conviction that what you are saying is useful and relevant. It is all about surrender to the Spirit who expresses our pleas. The content of this reading is so simple and comforting that it should present no problems to the reader, as long as you are aware of the wonderful nature of the gift that is being offered in this reading, and allow that gift to be perceived and taken by the listening assembly.