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Fifteenth Sunday - Year A

Friday, 14 July, 2017
Matthew 13:1-9

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Word of God this Sunday, the fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, especially when the scripture readings are proclaimed and reflected on together, teaches us that true growth and fruitfulness happens when our reaching up from below for salvation and redemption meets with God’s extended armfuls of grace from above.

The first reading’s poetic words and ecological images, coming to us from the Holy Spirit through the mind and lips of the prophet Isaiah, describe God’s desire to save and the downpour of his graces upon the earth.

In the second reading, from the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans, the same Holy Spirit describes the parched panic of a broken creation that has not abandoned the original dream of health, wholeness, and holiness.  Earth reaches up to the Lord of creation trusting that he is also the Lord of redemption and new beginnings through Jesus.

In the Gospel of Matthew the Lord Jesus himself, in easily understood simple images of earth and farm, describes how God’s word is showered upon us to offer us healing and wholeness.

The question therefore is whether or not we have the wisdom, humility and trust to drink in God’s Word and accept its life- giving power.  Do we choose to be dried-up dust and dead rock?  Or do we choose to be the humble receiving richness of fertile soil?  The choice is ours.


- Fr Conor Cunningham PP
Lisdoonvarna, Kilshanny and Doolin