Mother Church invites us to celebrate Sunday, July 27, 2014 as the 17th Sunday of ordinary time, year A. In the entrance antiphon we pray: “God is in his holy dwelling; he will give a home to the lonely, he gives power and strength to his people. Amen.” Today’s first reading, from the first Book of Kings, shows Solomon asking God, not for wealth or long life, but for wisdom. Popular proverb and Old Testament tradition alike consider Solomon as the embodiment of wisdom. In the second reading, from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Paul declares that when we do good, God cooperates with us. God turns everything good for those who love him. In the Gospel from Matthew, Jesus continues his discussion in parables with his disciples, explaining to them the meaning of the kingdom of heaven in terms they all can relate to. Let us pray in the course of this Eucharist for the grace of wisdom to follow Christ more closely since he alone holds the key to our salvation.