July 11, 2020

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“A sower went out to sow…” These simple words begin one of the most compelling parables in the Gospel, a story that teaches us about gardening and growing, but more importantly, about listening and receiving the Word of God.
 
What can the parable about seeds and roots teach us about the kingdom of God? Any farmer will attest to the importance of good soil for supplying nutrients for growth. And how does a plant get the necessary food and water it needs except by its roots? The Scriptures frequently use the image of fruit-bearing plants or trees to convey the principle of spiritual life and death. 
 
Jesus’ parable of the sower is aimed at he who hears the Word of God. There are different ways of accepting God’s word and they produce different kinds of fruit. There is the prejudiced hearer who has a shut mind. Such a person is unteachable and blind to what he or she doesn’t want to hear. Then there is the shallow hearer. They fail to think things through and they lack depth.  Another type of hearer is the person who has many interests or cares, but who lacks the ability to hear or comprehend what is truly important. They are too busy to pray or to study and meditate on God’s word. Then there is the one whose mind is open. Such a person is at all times willing to listen and to learn. He or she is never too proud or too busy to learn. They listen in order to understand. God gives grace to those who hunger for his word that they may understand his will and have the strength to live according to it.

The parables of Jesus will enlighten us if we approach them with an open mind and heart, ready to let them challenge us. If we approach them with the conviction that we already know the answer, then we, too, may look but not see, listen but not understand. God’s word can only take root in a receptive heart that is ready to believe and willing to submit. The seed that falls on good soil, on the heart that is receptive, will reap abundant fruit.

Our Lady of the Assumption Church
Rev. Edward C. Domme, Pastor
811 Guaymas Place NE
Albuquerque, NM  87108
Parish Office (505)256-9818