Dear Friends, today we give thanks to God for the two centuries of Catholic profession of faith in the Central Vicariate as per Bishop’s letter read to you before beginning of Mass. The challenge for us present is to treasure and hand over our catholic faith and heritage to our children and grand- children.
Last Sunday, Jesus taught us that the secrets of the kingdom of heaven is revealed to the little, humble and marginalized. He called upon all burdened to find relief, rest and peace in him.
In today’s readings speak of the word of God as rain God sends to nourish mankind and make him fruitful or productive. In the Responsorial Psalm; “The seed that falls on the ground will yield a fruitful harvest.”
In the Gospel; Mt 13:1-23 Jesus uses the parable of the sower to teach the multitudes and his disciples on the truths of the kingdom.
The sower of the seed is basically Jesus. The seed falls on the rocky ground- withers. The seed that falls among thorns is chocked. The seed that falls on rich soil produces abundant fruit.
Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to the littles ones- the humble, meek –those with faith in Jesus. The hearts of the little ones is open to faith in Jesus as opposed to the scribes and Pharisees whose hearts are closed to listen, hear and learn from Jesus. Hence, they cannot understand Jesus’ message yet the little ones see, hear and understand.
Jesus tells them, “Many righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” Proclaiming the kingdom of heaven is like farming as one looks forward for the harvest. I planted tomatoes and peppers and look forward for a good harvest.
The parable focuses on the 3 different types of hearers. The prepared soil is capable of bearing a rich harvest. Prayers and Sacraments are favorable conditions for a fruitful Spiritual life and eternal harvest.
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