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The Word has full potency and give life because of its viability
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

Ish 55:10-11, Rom. 8:18-23, Mt. 13:1-25. On this Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church invites us to be bearers of Good News in this world and spread His truth and light amidst this darkened world. Today's first reading proclaims the viability of the words of God spoken through the prophet Isaiah in which the Lord referred to His Word coming into the world and how His Word would do His will and would not return to Him before doing and fulfilling everything for which the Word had been sent for. The Word has full potency and must give life to anyone that provides a conducive environment for it to germinate and bear abundant fruits. The Will of the Father is spoken of in today's second reading as the hope of new life in God, the birth of the children of God and the freedom from the subjugation and enslavement by sin and darkness, all of which have kept us chained since the beginning of creation. Through Christ, we have been given a foretaste of the true glory and new life that is to come, with Christ and in Christ.

Today's Gospel makes the foretaste of this new life clear to us in the famous parable of the sower. In that parable, Jesus uses the example of a sower spreading seeds that ended up landing on different surfaces and on different types of soils and conditions: "On the path, on rocky ground, among thorns and on good soil." By spreading the seeds everywhere without considering the nature of the soil and where they fall, is an indication of God’s openness, outstretched arms and His willingness to let everyone have and hear His Word which the seed represents. It is a sign that “God has no favourite” (Acts 10:34) and that He wishes that we all hear the Good News and repent. When the word finds a generous response in our heart, there is no limit to the riches of God’s love and grace that can be channelled through us into the world. It is our responsibility to be receptive to the Word. Some people allow others to take away the gift of the word about the Kingdom; others just have no time to allow it to even penetrate into their hearts, their lives are as hard as a rock and focused elsewhere; and some just toss it aside in favour of something else that seems much more alluring and attractive.

May the Lord bless His Words in our hearts that we may bear fruits that will last! Amen!! Stay safe and save life, Jesus loves you, happy Sunday!!!

 
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