15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 06 Jul 2020
Painting by Van Gogh of a sower - sky is golden yellow, field is mottled blues

‘Imagine a sower going out to sow …’

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 readings this week are linked by images of nature, water, rain, growing crops and harvest.

In the First Reading, the prophet Isaiah compares the word of God to the rain falling on the world, which ensures a good crop and thus feeds the people.

Continuing this agricultural theme, the Psalm gives thanks to the Lord for his care for the earth. The whole world rejoices and sings at the abundant harvest.

For Paul, in the Second Reading, the whole of creation still hopes to be freed. All of us have the responsibility to be its good stewards.

The Lord, of course, is constantly at our side, helping us to achieve this. Using images from the countryside familiar to his listeners, Jesus tells the crowds who follow him a parable. Here God acts as a sower, scattering seeds freely on ground which is not always ready or able to receive it. (Gospel)

This week, we might want to focus our prayers on the needs of our environment, the Lord’s creation. We might pray for those who care for it, but also for those who seem intent on destroying it.

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

You care for the earth, give it water, you fill it with riches.     Psalm

The seed is the Word of God, Christ the sower; whoever finds this seed will remain for ever.     Gospel Acclamation

Listen, anyone who has ears!    Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to explore further:

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