15th Ordinary Sunday

Publié le 12 Juillet 2020

Jesus is addressing to a crowd. Different kinds of people and different thinking pattern. Today’s parable unties everyone into one single world, a world which listens the word of God and puts this life-giving word into practice. All the readings of the day make us to understand that the creation gives glory to God and reveals to us that this God is generous. Everything came into being through this WORD. The creation from their part, remain faithful to the Creator, like the rain and snow which respond positively to the divine call, by giving fruit in due time. Everything was created by the Word and His Word gives us life. It is true that St. John in his Gospel told us that 'The Word became flesh' and in our flesh that God has chosen to live.


In this story of creation, the creation is no longer a gift from the Lord, but He gave Himself in this creation, especially in His Son, who died and rose again.  He sent his only begotten Son, not to judge us, but through Him that the world might be saved. This Word fulfilled this divine will and ascended into heaven and sat before the Lord, and will descend on the last day to judge us, the living and the dead. He continues to animate this world through the Holy Spirit and through the people who remain faithful to their vocation.


This God visits us daily. He visits us through the day and night.  In the murmur of the brize and in the storm. In rain and in drought. Nature itself is a visitation of God and a divine revelation. Everything we hear in the encyclical 'Laudato si' as a call is not an option, but a duty to be fulfilled. In this sense, even this pandemic is capable of being a divine message to us. I would translate it as a call to conversion, a call to understanding, a call to integration, a call to dialogue, a call to respect for humanity, and in the end a call to listen to the cry of the earth, the creation of the Lord, the cry of this Word made flesh.


Jesus continues to tach us, to the crowd and invites us individually to respond to the giver of life. We have this parable of the sower, who sows without any partiality, of a generosity to all, without measure. He gives each one of us a Word, a word that is capable of giving or producing. Everything is conditioned by the way in which we welcome this word and the opening of our heart by letting it penetrate in us and become part of us. The seeds become our own flesh and through our commitment, these seeds give fruit.


Let us not forget the parable of the house built on the rock. In our daily life, the sun will be there, the storm will make us feel its power, the world will treat us, as it has treated the Lord mercilessly. Yet, on our part, we must never be like a rock, especially before the miseries of the people. Let us not allow vengeance and violence to take root in our hearts, for they are the thorns which may destroy the word that the Lord has put into our hearts. In today’s Gospel, we are called to be Christ.


Following Christ, we are sent to be sowers of the good news and to propose the Gospel to the people of today. To be a missionary is to go out into all lands, to the believers but also to the nonbelievers. Christ wants to save them all. Following Him and with Him, we are sent to sow in profusion. It is not a question of making people believe, but of saying and witnessing to the faith that is in us. Even if we do not see the results, nothing can prevent the Word of God from bearing fruit.


May the Virgin Mary teach us, by her example, to welcome the Word of God, to keep it, and to make it bear fruit in us and in others.



Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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