Sunday 12 July 2020

About Today Readings

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 55:10-11. The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest – Psalm 64(65):10-14. Romans 8:18-23. Matthew 13:1-23.

‘A sower went out to sow’

Today’s readings use the rich imagery of the spilling forth of life in nature to illustrate how we are predisposed to receive God’s Word, which will in turn spill out of us. If we look around us, it is not hard to see that the entirety of creation, including ourselves are ‘groaning with labour pains’ for the coming forth of God.

We are called to make ourselves soft, fertile soil, rather than hardened clay to receive the seed of God’s word.

In the Gospel Jesus explains why he speaks in parables. It is in parables, in stories that we able to see a deeper truth not through a literal reading but by calling on our imagination to read between the lines. Unless we want to be hardened clay or we need to open ourselves in creative participation with the Word and let it sink deeply into our being.

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