July 16, 2017 - 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
Only God brings about the Kingdom of heaven. Only God brings creation into being. Only God sends the rain. Only God makes the sun shine. Only God make the crops grow.
God is powerful. God is the source of all creation. God is so powerful that, in the Book of Genesis, when God speaks, things come into being.
The Prophet Isaiah speaks for the Lord. Thus says the Lord: My word goes forth from my mouth and shall do my will, reaching the end for which I sent it.
So, the Word of God is powerful. And the Word of God asks us three questions this weekend.
First, what sort of soil are we? The sower is sowing the Word of God. The sower is proclaiming the Good News that the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Jesus says knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to those who hear.
But not everybody wants to hear the Good News. Sometimes it seems irrelevant or too challenging. Or we’re too self-absorbed or busy to listen.
We close our ears so that we cannot hear. We close our eyes so that we cannot see.
Those who are good soil give the word a hearing, allowing it to sink in and take root.
We need to cultivate a posture of prayerful, attentive listening to allow the Word of God to sink into our hearts.
Which leads us to the second question. What sort of seed are we? A seed falls to the ground and dies. Only in this way does it sprout to life again and produce fruit or grain or vegetables.
Do we die to ourselves so that we can live for Jesus? What sort of harvest do we produce? A rich, bountiful harvest bearing good fruit?
And finally, what sort of sower are we? Do we attend to the Word of God or do we allow the religious professionals, priests and nuns and monks, to do all the work.
The world is hungry for the Word of God. The world is in desperate need of the Word of God. But how can we expect a rich harvest if we keep the seed to ourselves?
God’s power sends the rain and makes the plants grow. But the sower has to do the work of preparing the land and sowing the seed and gathering the harvest.
The Kingdom of heaven will come. And because God is powerful and God’s word is effective, God will bring about the Kingdom. What are we doing to help make it so?
The sower went out to sow, and as the sower sowed, some seed fell on rich soil.