Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time (I) (27th January, 2021) on the Gospel
Ps 109:1-4. (R. v. 4);
Topic: Soil type and the harvest.
In today’s gospel, we see the parable of the sower, the purpose, and the meaning. While sowing the seed, some fell on the path, others on the rocky ground, some among the thorns, and others into good soil. Those that fell on the path were eaten up by the birds. And those on the rocky ground although they sprang up quickly but were scorched and withered before they could bear fruits, cf. Ps 129:6. The thorns grew up and choked the seed that fell among them. Finally, the seed that fell into the good soil “brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold”.
Jesus explained that the seed is the word of God. The seed
that fell along the road refers to people Satan takes away the word of God
immediately they hear it. Those on the rocky ground refers to those who receive
the word with joy in whom it lasts just a while because they have no root. The
word does not survive troubles and persecutions that arise on its account. And
those who fell among the thorns refer to those in whom the word is choked by
the cares of the world, the lure of wealth, and/or the desire for other things.
Finally, those who fell into good soil refer to people in whom the word bears
Jesus told us, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and
appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should
abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you” (Jn 15:16). And in the letter of Saint
James we also read, “rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of
wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to
save your souls” (Jas 1:21).
Anyone who wants to bear fruits, must prepare his/her soul
for God’s word. Whoever fails to prepare will certainly have the word fall
either on the path or on rocky ground or among the thorns. And we know that
none of the seeds that fell on any of these places was able to bear fruit. Choose
what you want and work towards that.
Bible Reading: Jas 1:19-27.
Thought for today: The word can only be fruitful in good soil.
Let us pray: Lord, we have been fallow for
various reasons. We ask you to make us the best of soil for your word – Amen.
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