“Parable of the Sower”

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/ July 12, 2020

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Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9

Friends in today’s Gospel Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed feel on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirty fold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

We know that when Jesus teaches He uses stories, simile, metaphors, allegories, graphic analogies, images, and parables to communicate His message, and make His message more concrete for His hearers. In today’s Gospel He uses parables. St. Matthew was giving this motive why the Lord made use of Parables, it was because of “the accomplishment of the prophecies; for one of the characteristics of the Messiah was, that He would express himself in this parabolical manner; and Jesus Christ was pleased that the most minute circumstances should be fulfilled in His person, in order that the resemblance between Him and the ancient prophets, in the mode of instructing, might induce the Jews to consider Him as the great prophet, foretold by Moses.” [Verbum] The word ‘Parable’ in Greek is Parabole. It is an “earthly story with a heavenly meaning.” It is also a “narrative drawn from nature or human circumstances whose object is to teach a spiritual lesson. It always emerge from common life experience and are used ‘as means of illustrating profound, divine truths.’ [365 days with the Lord]

“The Parable of the Sower”

In the time of Jesus, what was common method of sowing seed was ‘the broadcasting method.’ Broadcasting a method of sowing were the sower scatters the seeds over the surface of the soil. Usually done by hand. No wonder some seeds will fall on the pathway, or on the rocky ground, or in the thorn bushes, or maybe eaten by the birds. The situation is understandable if seeds lands in various places.

The meaning of the Parable [Source: 365 Days with the Lord]

The seed on the pathway is similar to the Word falling on hardened hearts; since it cannot germinate, it is a ready target for the birds (Satan) to steal and destroy. The seed on stony ground germinates, but the soil is shallow and it dies for lack of roots. The seed among the thorns starts its growth, but it is choked off by the competing cares of the world. The seed on good ground, the fertile soil, grows and yields abundant fruit. It yeilds a hundred or sixty or thirty fold.

What does the Lord wants us to do in our Gospel today? What is His challenge? He challenges us “to open our hearts and allow Gods word to grow and produce abundant fruits; good fruits.” What kind of heart do I have now? Is my heart like a pathway, or a rocky ground, or a thorn bushes, or a fertile soil?

Prayer: Abba, our Loving Father thank You for Your Word, thank You for cultivating Your word in our hearts. May we who receive Jesus, the Word, bare much fruit. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son who lives with You in unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.

“Acknowledge Jesus Everyday”

Saturday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time/ July 11, 2020

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Gospel: Matthew 10:24-32

Friends, last Sunday we reflected the same Gospel of today and we focus our meditation on the aspect of fear, and Jesus invited us to have courage and not to be afraid of those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Today, we focus our reflection and meditation of Jesus’ acknowledgment before our brothers and sisters. He said, “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before My heavenly Father. But whoever denies Me before others I will deny before My heavenly Father.”

What does it mean when Jesus said ‘to acknowledge Him before our brothers and sisters’? This means simply, ‘to confess or proclaim’ before others that Jesus is our God, Savior and Lord. 1 John 4:15 says, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. In 1 John 4:2 it says, “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and in the same letter, Chapter 2:23 “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.”

Acknowledgment of Jesus is very important. Why? Because there is no other way to God the Father only in Jesus Christ! This is the reason why Jesus was sent here in the world to help us approach the Father through Him. When Adam tear our relationship with God, Jesus the New Adam bridged it through His life, when He offered Himself as sacrifice for the expiation of our sins. His saving act on the cross also re-ignite and re-connect us to God. Let us always remember Jesus himself said, “”Everyone who acknowledges Me before others I will acknowledge before My heavenly Father. But whoever denies Me before others I will deny before My heavenly Father.”

Do I acknowledge Jesus everyday? Do I acknowledge Jesus before my brothers and sisters?

Prayer: Abba, thank You for giving us Jesus as our Savior and Lord. We acknowledge Him as Son of Yours, God co-equal with You and the Holy Spirit. May we always put Jesus as the center of our lives, and acknowledge Him everyday. Through our Lord Jesus CHrist Your Son who lives with You in unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.