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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, A

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Today's readings focus on our soul, comparing it to soil, as a basis to receive the grace of God, through which helps us to understand a profound meaning of our life. The first reading tells that God always energizes each soil with his grace causing as if “the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats.” The word of God has to do exactly the same work in the soul: “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” God works by his grace, however a growing of this grace and its final result (fruit) depends on each man. If there are no adequate conditions in it, no opening to the word of God, nor further cooperation with the grace to let it grow up in a man’s soul, the seed will not give the expected result. Only a man who is open to the word and cooperates with it has a chance to gather an excellent fruit of his life. Meaning, he will have a feeling of fulfill life in good way where the presence of God’s work is a main factor in his good choices and lasting happiness. Jesus' parable about a sower explains this today. The sower went out to sow. Some seeds fell on the path and birds came and ate it up; some fell on a rocky grounds, where it had little soil; they didn’t have chance to grow more after springing up, as it was scorched by the sun which burned it. Some seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it without the possibility for the seed to grow. The fruit comes from only a rich soil with a diversity of 30, 60, and 100-fold. Reference to a rich soil, with its different level of its fructification, shows a level of a soul open to the work of God. The rest of the souls, according to Jesus, are the souls closed to divine action and for different reasons: a lack of understanding of their faith without an effort of its deepening; a “short-lived enthusiasm” of the souls without their daily systematical self-work in direction to strengthen their faith; and, a daily prose of life which realizes temporal, immediate goals deafening deeper necessity of the soul of which only faith has the answer. Thanks to God we have help in Jesus Christ’s mission, who in faith showed us a way to see a present time in perspective of eternity. This is why we give the best fruit of our life, it means, we manage our life in a good divine direction without a feeling to spare it. Jesus sums it up this way: “Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”