Sunday Readings & Reflections



First Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11;
Responsorial: Psalm 65;
Second Reading: Romans 8:18-23;
Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23; 

Resources used:
*The Sunday Missal, Paulines Publications Africa


Today’s Gospel gives us the first of Jesus’ eight parables iso 다운로드. The central idea of this sermon is the Kingdom of Heaven or Kingdom of God.

The parable of the sower has to do with sowing seeds in different types of soil Celestial Marriage 1. The sower knows that the yield will be according to the quality of the soil where the seed is sown. If the soil is good, the yield will be good. If, however the soil is not good, the yield will not be good either gimagex 다운로드. Poor soil will give a poor yield and a rich soil will yield abundantly. Paul stated this differently when he said that what we sow is what we reap (Gal 6:7-8) and that God will repay each person according to their deeds (Rm 2:6) 앵커 태그.

Jesus uses this parable to compare the action of the sower to the Kingdom of Heaven. He has announced the message of the Kingdom. (Mt 4:23; 9:35) Millennium. Religious leaders accuse him of collaborating with the prince of devils (Mt 9: 34) and they plan to destroy him (Mt 12:14). Even his closest friends do not understand his message and are on the point of abandoning him (10 6:60) ps4 대기모드 게임 다운로드. But in spite of the apparent failure of his mission Jesus knows that the seed, the word of God, is so powerful that it cannot fail. In God’s good time, it will produce abundant fruit 페도라 13.

We too can find ourselves in situations where we think it is impossible ever to bring about change. Maybe some have left us and we are only a few left 바람의나라 연 다운로드. Maybe we have fought for justice, and did not succeed. Whenever we feel like giving up, we must remember the unshakable conviction of Jesus that God will bring in his harvest ie10 64 bit 다운로드. Nothing in this world can prevent God’s word from accomplishing what it was sent to do (Is 55:10-11). Whatever we do in the name of the Gospel will bear fruit in its own time Download the Japanese flag.

Jesus began the parable with a call to his hearers to “listen” and he repeats the call again at the end of the parable (Mt 13:3,9). However, as it appears, the disciples listened carefully, heard the words but did not understand them and needed to have them explained to them. Matthew tries to help his own Christian Community apply the parable to their own lives. At the same time, he wants to explain why not all people responded favourably to Jesus.

Other worries still occupy their hearts and the Word finds no home in them. In Matthew’s time Christians had already suffered at the hands of the Romans and at the hands of their own leaders. Some may have fallen away when they realised that being a Christian would hinder their career.

As Jesus said earlier on, it is only when we actually respond to the word of God and live it that we can really say that we have heard it (Mt 7:21-27). To hear and not to respond is to pay mere lip service.

Live hope!!!


***Adapted from “Bible Study and Sharing on the GOSPEL OF MATTHEW for Christian Communities SUNDAYS OF THE YEAR A” by Richard Baawobr MAfr

We pray for the people of the Republic of Congo

Sunday Readings

FIRST READING Isaiah 55:10-11

“The rain makes the earth fruitful.”

A reading from the Book of Isaiah

Thus says the Lord: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I intend, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

The word of the Lord.
Psalm 65

The seed that fell into good soil yielded a hundredfold.

You visit the earth, give it water; you fill it with riches. God’s ever-flowing river brims over to prepare the grain. R.

The seed that fell into good soil yielded a hundredfold.

And thus you provide for the earth: you drench its furrows; you level it, soften it with showers; you bless its growth. R.

The seed that fell into good soil yielded a hundredfold.

You crown the year with your bounty. Abundance flows in your pathways; in pastures of the desert it flows. R.

The seed that fell into good soil yielded a hundredfold.

The hills are girded with joy. The meadows clothed with flocks. The valleys are decked with wheat. They shout for joy; yes, they sing! R.

The seed that fell into good soil yielded a hundredfold.

SECOND READING Romans 8:18-23

“All creation is waiting for the revelation of the sons of God.”

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brethren: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning with labour pains together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

The word of the Lord.

Alleluia. The seed is the word of God, and the sower is Christ; all who find him will abide for ever.Alleluia.    
GOSPEL READING Matthew 13:1-23

“A sower went out to sow.”

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away. Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.” * Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which says: ‘You shall indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. “Hear then the parable of the sower. When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

The Gospel of the Lord.