During the month of July, most of the Gospel readings are parables. Parables are a method of teaching frequently used by Jesus. Parables are a short story, analogies taken from ordinary life. Parables are very memorable and loved by many, for example The Parable of the Sower and The Parable of the Prodigal Son. During this month when all creation is growing, we also seek to grow by sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to his wonderful teaching.—Pastor Dave
July 2, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
When Jesus sends his disciples out as missionaries, he warns them of persecution and hardships they will face. He also promises to reward any who aid his followers and support their ministry.
July 9, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Jesus chides people who find fault with both his ministry and that of John the Baptist. He thanks God that wisdom and intelligence are not needed to receive what God has to offer.
July 16, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
In Matthew's gospel, both Jesus and his disciples "sow the seed" of God's word by proclaiming the good news that "the kingdom of heaven is near." Now, in a memorable parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces different results in those who hear.
July 23, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43
Jesus tells a parable about the co-existence of good and evil in this world. God's judgment will remove all evildoers and causes of sin, but not until the end of human history.
July 30, Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Throughout Matthew's gospel, Jesus and his disciples proclaim the good news that "the kingdom of heaven is near!" Here, Jesus offers several brief parables that explore the implications of this announcement for people's lives.
Source: Sundays and Seasons. www.sundaysandseasons.com.2017