17th Sunday of Year A

Dicastery for
the Clergy

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle A


One of the characteristics of human beings is freedom of choice… 


The Church is the Kingdom of Christ “already present in mystery” (LG 3)… 

Choosing the treasure or the very fine pearl, fills a person’s heart with joy (Mt 13: 44)… 

In his prayer, Solomon was able to discern God’s will, and made an enlightened choice in accordance with his vocation as king of the People of Israel (1 Kings 3:9)… 


A Christian choice. Today’s world offers Christians the possibility to choose…

The meaning of vocation… 

Fr. George Corrigan, OFM


YEAR A – 2017


Hidden Treasure
A Pearl of Great Price
Two Parables
The Net Cast Widely
The Parable of the Net Explained
Understanding Parables

Kieran J.
O’Mahony, OSA

Hearers of the Word



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Catholic Climate Covenant



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1 Kings 3: Give your servant, therefore, and understanding heart to judge your people and to

distinguish right from wrong.

Romans 8: We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Matthew 13: “Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.”

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis also urges us to undergo a conversion – and ecological one – and offers the wisdom and moral leadership to do it. Addressing the devastation of the earth brought about by the climate crisis, for example, does indeed call us to transform our priorities for the sake of the earth, its peoples, and all of creation.

St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study Commentary


17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle A

Sources Include in PDF: 

  • The Jerome Biblical Commentary
  • The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, and 
  • The Navarre Bible
  • Church History by Laux (TAN Books), 

Fr. Francis Martin

The Word Proclaimed Institute



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Wiki Connections

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Gospel Connections

Mt 13:24-43

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1st Reading Connections

Wis 12:13, 16-19

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2nd Reading Connections

Rom 8:26-27

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Responsorial Connections

Ps 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16

Bible Study

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St. Timothy Catholic Church, Laguna Niguel, CA


This week’s study is on Matthew, chapter 13, verses 44-52, the Gospel reading for Sunday, July 30th, 2023, The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle A.

Warning: there were issues with the microphone from 7:2523:53 and 48:0048:16, which resulted in the audio being less clear. We apologize!

0:00 – Welcome
0:57 – Opening Prayer
2:00 – Introduction
3:25 – Gospel Reading
7:25 – Teaching
21:12 – Q & A
47:00 – Closing prayer

Catholic Sunday Scriptures in Context

Fr. Paul Galetto, O.S.A. briefly unpacks the history and context of the Sunday readings.


Agape Bible Study

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Treasures of the Kingdom

The treasures God promises us in His heavenly Kingdom are more valuable than the earthly treasures of silver and gold.


Michal E Hunt, Copyright © 2014; revised 2023 Agape Bible Study; used with permission

1st Reading

God’s Wisdom

In our First Reading, a young King Solomon realizes that God’s wisdom is greater than all earthly treasures. When the Lord offers to give Solomon whatever he asks, the young king wisely chooses the spiritual over the material.


Michal E Hunt, Copyright © 2014; revised 2023 Agape Bible Study; used with permission

2nd Reading

God has called the Christian to Share in His Glory

God calls us to share in the glory of His eternal Son (Second Reading), and the Kingdom of the Church is the vehicle Jesus gave us to bring us to that glory when, one day, we reach God’s heavenly Kingdom. Saint Paul wrote that all who demonstrate their love for God by seeking His divine will in their lives, believing in all He has taught, and living according to that teaching, have received a unique promise. No matter what happens for good or for ill and in success or suffering, all that we experience on our journey of faith is part of God’s divine plan for our lives. God will turn every experience, even suffering, to the benefit of our salvation if we persevere in faith, obey God’s commandments, and trust Him with our lives.


Michal E Hunt, Copyright © 2014; revised 2023 Agape Bible Study; used with permission


The Conclusion of the Kingdom Parables

In the Gospel Reading, Jesus tells the last three of the seven “Kingdom Parables.” The focus of the last three parables is the Last Judgment at the end of the Age of Humanity, which brings to a close the Messianic Era, the Age of the earthly New Covenant Church in Salvation History (see the chart on the twelve periods of salvation history). Jesus promised that His Kingdom is a treasure for which we should be willing to give up all earthly pursuits and attachments. The Church welcomes all people to join the community of Jesus’s earthly Kingdom (the good and the bad). However, only the righteous souls who fully submit themselves to God and offer Him their undivided love, demonstrated by obedience to His commandments, will inherit the promise of eternal life in His heavenly Kingdom. Living forever in the presence of God is the unequaled treasure Jesus promised those who live by what St. Paul called “the obedience of faith.”

Matthew 13:44-46 ~ The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and The Parable of the Pearl without Price

Jesus’s disciples are like the person who found the hidden treasure and the merchant who found a precious pearl. When they discovered the Messiah who came to announce the Kingdom of God, they left everything worldly behind to follow Christ and to possess a place in His Kingdom. The theme of both parables is the value of the Kingdom of Heaven and the joy of those who discover the treasure of eternal life. Both the laborer, who found the treasure in the field, and the merchant, who discovered a valuable pearl, had the wisdom to understand the value of what they found and the determination to give up everything worldly to keep it. The Old Testament Scriptures imparted wisdom (see Prov 2:1-4and Is 33:6), but the Gospel of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ gives a new form of wisdom in the revelation of God the Son and His gift of eternal life.

Matthew 13:47-48 ~ The Parable of the Sorting of the Good and Bad Fish

The seven Kingdom Parables conclude with the subject of the Last/Final Judgment at the end of the age. All people are welcomed into the Kingdom of the earthly Church (the good and the bad), but only the righteous/good souls who love God and obey His commandments will be set aside and kept for eternal life.

Matthew 13:49-50 ~ Jesus’s Summary statement for the last three parables

The angels, who were the “harvesters” in the parable of the Weeds Among the Wheat (Mt 13:30, 39-43), will separate the wicked from the righteous. These last parables compare the conditions of the righteous and the wicked. The righteous are the ones who treat the kingdom like a precious treasure worth more than anything earthly life can offer. They are the “good fish” separated from the “bad fish” and destined for eternal glory. The wicked treat the kingdom as though it has no value for them. They are like the “bad fish,” and their choices destine them for eternal damnation.


Michal E Hunt, Copyright © 2014; revised 2023 Agape Bible Study; used with permission