1.Is 55:10-11
2.Rom 8:18-23

From the readings we hear an invitation to listen to God's word. From the first reading we hear that people of Israel had been in exile in Babylon for many years and were wondering  if they would ever return to their homeland. Amid this problem, God raises the prophet to speaking in his name, to give an assurance and hope to the Israelites who had lost hope.

The people got ready to receive the message yet as days went on nothing happens, thus people are discouraged again, " why has the word of God not becom a reality?? the prophet tells them that the word of God is like the rain that always has the effect it was sent to produce. Aren't we too often seized by distrust when we don't see the immediate effect/realization of the word of God in our lives?? for instance our Catechism tells us that if we want to be ever happy we must try to be just, loyal, and love ourneighbours and forgive others, but here we are also challenged that those who are a bit dishonest and corrupt  are also succeful in their daily affairs. For this reason we find ourselves in dispair, creating and asking ourselves many un answerable questions that where is our God?, where is the justice of God? can what God says really be true?

From the 2nd reading we learn the message of hope, St Paul in his letter to the Romans invites us to live in hope despite of Challenges and hardships in our ministries and missions at large.

From the Gospel reading Mt13:1-23 we can pose this question to ourselves that what is the best and easiest way to help people understand God's Kingdom?like the rabbis of his time Jesus very frequently used parables. Wha is a parable? - a short stories and images taken from everyday life  to convey hidden truths about the Kingdom of God. Like a skillful artst Jesus sketched memorable pictures with short and simple words. A good image can speak more loudly and clearly than many words. Jesus used the ordinary every day illustrations of life and nature to point to another order of reality. Hidden yet visible to those who had eyes to see.

What can the parable about the seeds and roots teach us about the Kingdom of God any farmer will attest to the significance of good soil for supplying the nutrients for growth. The scriptures always used the image of plant bearing fruits or trees bearing fruits to convey the principles of spiritual life and death.

Example," Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water that sends out its roots by the stream and does not fear, when heat comes for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought for it does not cease to bear fruit( Jer 17:7-8, Psalm1:3) 

How do we listen to God's word? Jesus' parable of the sower is aimed at the hearers of word. There are different ways of accepting God's word and they produce different kinds of fruits accordingly. Example in our Christian Communities have people who cannot pay attention to hear from their elders, their superiors, and their leaders in their working places, such people never want to hear other's speaking, they shut their minds and create their own worlds for their existence of which they feel comfortable. Then we have a category of a shallow hearers, these are the ones who hear the word of God through catechetical instructions and at the end they let it go, for such people to pray/ attend the mass to fulfill the order of the day, prayer to such people becomes a formality, and thus the word of God to them does not have the room. The underlying reason for them to let the word of God go is because of proud and world's preoccupations.

Jesus in using parables to his audience did not mean that his hearers could not intellectually grasp and understand the meaning of the parable, rather the challenge was the hardness of the hearts to accept and believe God's message, they had already made their minds not to believe. Let's ask ourselves this question that what makes us ineffective or unresponsive to God's word, is that world's preoccupations with other things destructs us from what is truly important and worthwhile thus  let our minds and hearts be consumed with material things.

How God's word takes root in us?

The parables of Jesus will englighten us if we approach them with an open mind and heart ready to let them to challenge us. God's word can only take root in the receptive hearts that is ready to believe and willing to submit in God's obedience. God is always ready to speak to each one of us and give us understanding of his word, are we angry for his word?

Once Clement of Alexandria said this "Let's look, as from a broader perspective at what it means to be on the road. In a way every road is hardened, and foolish on account  of the fact that it lies beneath every ones feet. No kind of seed finds there enough depth of soil for a covering. Instead, it lies on the surface and is ready  to be snatched by the birds that come by. Therefore, those who have in themselves a mind hardened and as it were packed tight do not receive the divine seed, but become a well -trodden way for the unclean spirit. These are what is here meant by the birds of heaven, but heaven we understand to mean this air, in which the spirits of wickedness move about, by whom, again the good seed is snatched up and destroyed. Then what are those upon the rock?they are those people who do not  take much care of the faith they have inthemselves. They have not set their minds to understand the touchstone of the mystery of being united with Christ.

The reverence these people have towards God is shallow and rootless. It is in times of ease and fair weather that they practice Christianity when it involves none of the painful trials of winter. They will not persevere their faith in this way, if in times of tumultuous persecution their souls are prepared for the struggle.
As we celebrate the 15th Sunday year A, let's allow ourselves to be good instruments of the Gospel. Let's allow and open our hearts and minds so that the spirit of God can work in our lives and thus transform us to open our minds and hearts to allow the seed of the word to bear fruits in our lives.

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