Reflection: Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church

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[1st Reading – Wis.12:13,16-19; Ps.85; 2nd Reading – Rom.8:26-27; Gospel – Mt.13:24-43]

Today’s gospel is a clear continuation of what we heard last Sunday.  While, Jesus spoke about himself as the “sower”, and the Word of God that he proclaimed, as the “seed” in last Sunday’s gospel, here in today’s gospel, Jesus is speaking about what happens when one accepts this “seed”, the Word of God.  The invitation of Jesus: “Listen, anyone who has ears” unites both parables together and we are therefore invited to listen to Jesus!

We are told that the disciples asked Jesus to explain the parable which Jesus did and the same theme (the “seed”) runs through this week’s parable and the parable that we heard last Sunday.  Jesus explained that:

    The sower of the good seed     =    the Son of Man

    The field             =     the World

    The good seed = the Subjects of the Kingdom

    The darnel = the Subjects of the Evil One

    The enemy who sowed them = the Evil One

    The harvest = the End of the World

    The reapers = the Angels

What is interesting in today’s gospel is that those who accept the Word of God proclaimed by Jesus, they become “seeds” themselves.  As “good seeds”, they will grow and produce other good “seeds” i.e. they too will plant the Word of God just as Christ did.  Jesus calls them “subjects of the Kingdom”.

Thus, once explained, we can understand better what Jesus wanted his disciples to “give ear to”.  At the same time he is talking to us.  No one is exempt from trying to understand better what Jesus is specifically saying to each and every one of us at our particular time and place.

All of us are invited to “listen” to what Jesus wants to tell us.  Jesus speaks clearly about the perennial ‘struggle’ between what is good (and therefore pertains to God) and what is bad (which pertains to the Evil One).  We are told that the sower, in his mercy and love for the “good seed”, allows the darnel to grow alongside the good seed… so that there is no possibility of harming, by mistake, the good seed while the darnel is being taken away.  Instead, the sower allows them both to grow together and at the appropriate time, they will be separated and everyone will end up according to how he/she lived i.e. either as a subject of the Kingdom or as a subject of the Evil One.  Yes, this time will come!  Are we living as subjects of the Kingdom or as subjects of the Evil One?

“Lord, give us the wisdom we need to become good seeds.  Help us to grow through your word so that we too may become sowers of this same seed and to live as true Subjects of the Kingdom of Heaven. Thank you Lord!”

 

Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo http://www.stpatrickwaterloo.org.uk/ )

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