Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Scripture passages from the Prophet Isaiah, Psalm 65, and St. Matthew’s Gospel all note the bountiful good that grows from seed planted in fertile soil. In the expanded Gospel, the evangelist explains the end of the parable, quoting Jesus to His disciples: But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Some believe this “seed” is the Word of God. God, the Father, bestows His grace on all of us, but not all accept the grace of His revealed Word and put it into practice. St. Paul, in his Letter to the Roman community, reminds us: we have the firstfruits of the Spirit. To help Catholics discover and live according to the Word, all recent popes have encouraged us to read the Bible. Christian disciples who make time daily to read or pray Scripture find true peace and joy through their encounters with the personal Jesus in the written Word. Begin this practice with just a few verses a day.