Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 16, 2017

Sower of seedThis is the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the gospel parable today, the image of the sower is of one who generously, almost recklessly, scatters seeds everywhere. Grace is abundant. The goodness of God is abundant. God’s word is abundant. The possibilities for the world and its people are numerous and wonderful. The challenge is to share this abundance responsibly and lovingly. Some close their eyes or ears or hearts and do not respond to the word. Shocked by wealth and anxiety, we can close ourselves to the reality of the poor and marginalized of our world. Shocked by the structures and institutions of our world, we can feel paralyzed. The word today reminds us that something more is possible.

What are the things in your life that choke off the effectiveness of God’s word? What in your life nurtures the seed of God’s word to fullness?

The Sunday Readings:

  • Isaiah 55:10-11. God’s word is productive and fruitful in the world.
  • Romans 8:18-2. All creation is yearning for freedom. The liberation given in Christ to believers has cosmic implications. All of creation is invited to share in God’s Life.
  • Matt 13:1-23. Seed that is planted into good soil will produce abundant fruit.

Of Note:

  • The next opportunity for Individual Reconciliation is July 22, 2017 (2nd and 4th Saturdays), 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • Are you expecting a child? We would love to bless baby and parents! Please contact Fr. Randy, Linda Thieneman or Jim Read to arrange a time, during a Mass or at your convenience.
  • Reflecting on the daily scriptures can greatly enhance your prayer. Click on the “Daily Scripture Readings” link on the lower left side of the home page on Epiphany’s website, then click on the date on teh calendar to see the readings for that day.