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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Gospel Reflections for July 16

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

July 16, 2017 —Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 13:1-23
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Humorist Robert Orben said he couldn’t understand why farmers complain that it’s too hot or cold, too wet or dry to grow their crops. Why don’t they just go to the supermarket and buy their food like the rest of us?

Without farmers, of course, there would be no supermarkets. Farmers understand today’s Gospel. Farmers know what it means to plant, cultivate, and harvest. They know what can endanger their crops.

Jesus knows this too, and in today’s Gospel he explains that God plants his seed in our hearts and wants a bountiful harvest. But many things can endanger our spiritual growth. We might undervalue Christ’s teaching, and allow Satan to mislead us. Our love of God might be so shallow that we are discouraged by setbacks. We might be too anxious about material things, and this smothers God’s life in us.

The seed is God’s Word, Jesus  himself. “In the beginning was the Word... and the Word was God ... and the Word became flesh and lived among us.” (John 1:1,14) This seed, Christ’s life, is planted at baptism. Confirmation strengthens it. Confession pulls up weeds of sin. Holy Communion is Jesus. Through these and the other sacraments, Jesus lives in us. Being Catholic means having a close friendship with Jesus, learning to think, speak, and act like him, then expanding the harvest by bringing Jesus to others.

Every Mass is a special time to cultivate the life of Jesus. As Mass begins we ask God’s forgiveness for the weeds of sin. During the readings, our spiritual life is nourished. At the Presentation of Gifts, we join our lives to the sacrificial offering of Jesus. At Holy Communion we receive Jesus and are given the strength of his life and love.

Let’s allow the seed of God’s Word to take root and grow by studying our faith. (See www.amm.org/chss.)  Let’s nourish faith with the sacraments and prayer. Let’s ask Mary to help us bring Jesus to others as she does.

Farmers don’t just go to the supermarket and buy food. They grow food for the rest of us. As Catholics we don’t just receive the Word. We let the Word grow, and we share it with the rest of the world!

 

 

 

 
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