Planted in Rich Soil

Father Bob’s Sunday homily…

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time A

The first reading is chosen to be complementary to the Gospel. In this case, it is pretty clear that our theme is the word of God. In the first reading the Prophet Isaiah notes how the word of God acts like the rain and the snow, which waters all the earth making the land fertile and fruitful. So it is with God’s word which also goes over all the earth. Isaiah confidently predicts, “My word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.”
Yet, in the Gospel we have a less confident version of the fate of the word of God. It seems to depend on the random fling of a sloppy sower. Some lands on rocky ground, amidst the thorns or on the path. Some flourish but only briefly in thin soil…

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