Sunday, July 30, 2023
The readings for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year A are about the wisdom of God which is very different from the wisdom of the world. The first reading (1 Kings 3:5, 7-12) recalls how Solomon requested the gift of understanding instead of material goods or power. The psalm (Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130) reminds us that God’s commands are more precious than gold. The second reading (Romans 8:28-30) tells us to work for God’s purpose. And in the gospel (Matthew 13:44-52) Jesus gives us more parables related to the Kingdom of God, including the treasure in the field, the pearl of great price, and treasures new and old.
So possible topics include considering what is most important in our lives, putting God first, and rejecting worldly values. Here are some discussion activities, games, and resources: