15th Sunday in Ordinary TIme
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews tells us “At many moments in the past and by many means, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets; but in our time, in the final days, he has spoken to us in the person of his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things and through whom he made all things.” (Hebrews1:1-2)
God has spoken directly to us; revealing Himself in the Son – Jesus Christ. Yet, in this Sunday’s Gospel (Matt: 13:1-23), Our Lord tells us; “Truly I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it”. Why do they not hear and see?. Why do we not hear and see?. It is because we close our hearts. I know because I have done that in my younger days! It brings to mind that saying: “We can take a horse to water, but we cannot make it drink”.
In the Gospel, Our Lord uses the parable of the sower to make the same point about us in relation to the word of the kingdom. God has come to us; it is now up to us to open our hearts to Him. The more opened we are to the Word, the more we are like the ‘good soil’ that makes the seed grow and bear fruit. What is our heart like? – the rocky soil, the soil with thorns, or the good soil? The saving grace is that, God continues to call us (and everyone), and sometimes, even the most hardened hearts mellow!
God bless Fr Michael