15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 10 Jul 2017
Wheat against blue sky

O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honour.

The word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty. First Reading

Your river in heaven brims over to provide its grain. Psalm

Creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth. Second Reading

Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop. Gospel

This week’s texts if you’d like to reflect further:

Isaiah 55: 10–11; Psalm 64 (65); Romans 8: 18–23; Matthew 13: 1–23

In today’s First Reading, from the prophet Isaiah, we are encouraged by the effectiveness of God at work in the world through his word.

The Second Reading shows the eagerness of creation, which awaits God’s gifts of freedom, growth and purpose. As St Paul reminds us, we, too, possess the first-fruits of the Holy Spirit.

These are recurring themes. The Psalm speaks of the abundance of creation through the care of the Creator. The Gospel reveals that same Creator (as a sower) seeking a rich soil that will

produce a good crop.

Perhaps, this week, we can renew our commitment to the way of Christ, and to remember the freedom and glory that we enjoy as children of God. We might also carry with us the words of the

Gospel acclamation: ‘Speak Lord, your servant is listening; you have the message of eternal life’.