Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (24th July, 2019) on the Gospel
Ex 16:1-5.9-15;
Ps 77:18-19.23-28. (R. v.24);
Matt 13:1-9.

Topic: The defaulter.
Jesus taught the people using many parables. We see in today’s gospel the parable of the sower. As the sower sowed the seeds, some fell on the path, some on rocky ground, some among the thorns, and the rest on good soil. Only those who fell on good soil were able to grow to maturity “and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
Who is to blame for those seeds that fell on wrong soil types? We have three most possible culprits – the sower, the seed, and the soil types. It is very easy to see it as the consequence of sheer carelessness of the sower. But it will not be right because he must have sowed for the seeds to bear fruits. Hence, Saint Paul asks, “Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?” (1Cor 9:7). The seeds have no other option than to fall where they are sowed. The soil type is the next. Jesus warns, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matt 7:15). Most certainly, the wrong soil types must have presented themselves to the sower as good soil. We must be sober and watchful. Our adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour, cf. 1Pt 5:8.
We have been transformed to bear fruits for God, cf. Rom 7:4. We must ensure that we are doing this task. Jesus warns, “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense, to repay every one for what he has done” (Rev 22:12; cf. Matt 16:27). The parable continues from tomorrow’s gospel.
Bible Reading: Matt 3:1-10.
Thought for today: Make sure you produce fruits.
Let us pray: Lord, do something new in our lives; make out of us good soil that will bear fruits – Amen (cf. Is 43:19).
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