If the church is the bride of Christ, then Jesus is married to both Rachel and Leah—to the church he wants, and to the church he has to take.
Season after Pentecost | 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128; (1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136;) Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Growing in prayer is not simply acquiring a set of special spiritual skills. It is growing into Christian humanity.