Reflection from Fr. Taylor: July 16, 2017, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 55:10-11   Romans 8:18-23   Matthew 13:1-23

In today’s Gospel Matthew begins a series of important parables which are intended to be teaching moments. This Gospel is about setting priorities in this world. Note that in the Gospel each story is about making choices and decisions.

As people of faith we cannot escape them. In the 1st reading Isaiah, the prophet gives hope and consolation to the Jewish people who are in exile, letting them know that if they live right, there will be a better day. The Lord’s word will never die. The Gospel itself emphasizes that we all have the potential for special growth. It is up to us how we use this potential. Some people have  more spiritual growth than others. It is because they have worked harder at it. None of us are in competition as to who can be the holiest person, but we all have a mandate and responsibility to do the best we can with the circumstances that God has given us.

The Old Testament Prophets and Leaders knew very well their weaknesses and limitations. Despite of this they tried to do their best to bring about God’s Kingdom. That is all that any of us can to. The troubles of the world are many, but the graces are far more in abundance and we rely on them each day as we too work in the field of the Lord.

 

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