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ROUGH CUTS SUNDAY: Be the seed that falls on good ground

 

     Today is Sunday, the 12th of July 2020, and the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time of the Church’s Liturgical calendar.

     This day’s Psalm is: “The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.”

     The 1st Reading is from Isaiah 55:10-11, and it says:

     As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return till they have watered the earth, making it yield seed for the sower and food for others to eat, so is my word that goes forth out of my mouth: it will not return to me idle, but it shall accomplish my will, the purpose for which it has been sent.

 

     Today’s 2nd Reading is taken from Romans 8:18-23. It says:

     I consider that the suffering of our present life cannot be compared with the glory that will be revealed, and given to us. All creation is eagerly expecting the birth, in glory, of the children of God. For, if now, the created world was unable to attain its purpose, this did not come from itself, but from the one who subjected it. But it is not without hope; for even the created world, will be freed from this fate of death, and share the freedom and glory of the children of God.

     We know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pangs of birth. Not creation alone, but even ourselves; although the Spirit was given to us, as a foretaste of what we are to receive, we groan in our innermost being, eagerly awaiting the day, when God will give us full rights, and rescue our bodies as well

 

     This Sunday’s Gospel, meanwhile, is taken from Mathew 13:1-23 (or Mathew 13:1-9). It says:

     That same day, Jesus left the house and sat down by the lakeside. Many people gathered around him. He got into a boat, and sat down, while the crowds stood on the shore, and he spoke to them in parables about many things.

     Jesus said, “The sower went out to sow; and, as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path; and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where there was little soil, and the seeds sprouted quickly, because the soil was not deep.  But as soon as the sun rose, the plants were scorched; and they withered, because they had no roots. Again, other seeds fell among thistles; and the thistles grew and choked the plants. Still, other seeds fell on good soil and produced a crop; some a hundredfold, others sixty, and others thirty. If you have ears, then hear!”

     Then his disciples came to him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”

     Jesus answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but not to this people. For the one who has will be given more; and he will have in abundance. But the one who does not have will be deprived of even what he has. That is why I speak to them in parables; because they look and do not see; they hear; but they do not listen or understand.

     In them, the words of the prophet Isaiah are fulfilled: However much you hear, you do not understand; however much you see, you do not perceive.

     For the heart of these people has grown dull. Their ears hardly hear and their eyes dare not see. If they were to see with their eyes, hear with their ears and understand with their hearts, they would turn back, and I would heal them.

     But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.

     For I tell you, many prophets and righteous people have longed to see the things you see, but they did not see them; and to hear the things you hear, but they did not hear them.

     Now listen to the parable of the sower.

     When a person hears the message of the kingdom, but does not take it seriously, the devil comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed that fell along the footpath.

     The seed that fell along the rocky ground stands for the one who hears the word, and accepts it at once with joy. But such a person has no roots, and endures only for a while.  No sooner is he harassed or persecuted because of the word, than he gives up.

     The seed that fell among the thistles is the one who hears the word; but then, the worries of this life and the love of money choked the word; and it does not bear fruit.

     As for the seed that fell on good soil, it is the one who hears the word and understands it; this seed bears fruit and produces a hundred, or sixty, or thirty times more.”

     NB: Our thanks to the Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc., publisher of the book Bible Diary 2020 from where we source the Word of God that we are sharing with our fellow faithful every Sunday

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