FROM THE PASTOR
Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
July 16, 2017
On this Fifteenth Sunday Weekend, July 15/16, we are called to reflect on the power of God’s Word! Our first reading, Isaiah (55:10-11) tells us that God’s Word “shall not return to Him void.” Our Gospel reading from Matthew (13:1-9) is a story about the “harvest” of God’s Word in ‘bad’ and ‘good’ soil called the Parable of the Sower! There seems to be more ‘bad soil’ or bad conditions for preventing God’s Harvest! We hear about the seeds that fell unplanted on the footpath where the birds ate them. We hear about the rocky soil where there was little depth in the soil for roots and the seeds were scorched by the sun. We hear about the thorns in the soil that choked to death the first tiny wheat shoots. Finally, we hear about the good soil that produced fruit a hundred, sixty or thirtyfold! Certainly, the Parable of the Sower aptly illustrates major types of people and how they receive the Word of God or not receive it!
The Word of God symbolized by the Seed in this Biblical Parable is the dynamic foundation of all forms of sacrificial giving! The Lord God seeks a dynamic harvest in our lives like “a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” Because of God’s Goodness to each of us, may we cheerfully serve one another including the community of the Church and produce a great harvest.
Blessings Upon All,