SEPTEMBER 18 Ord Time B. Wk 24 Sat. Lk 8 4-15
With a large crowd gathering and people from every town finding their way to him, Jesus used this parable:
‘A sower went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell on the edge of the path and was trampled on; and the birds of the air ate it up. Some seed fell on rock, and when it came up it withered away, having no moisture. Some seed fell amongst thorns and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell into rich soil and grew and produced its crop a hundredfold.’ Saying this he cried, ‘Listen, anyone who has ears to hear!’
His disciples asked him what this parable might mean, and he said, ‘The mysteries of the kingdom of God are revealed to you; for the rest there are only parables, so that they may see but not perceive, listen but not understand.
‘This, then, is what the parable means: the seed is the word of God. Those on the edge of the path are people who have heard it, and then the devil comes and carries away the word from their hearts in case they should believe and be saved. Those on the rock are people who, when they first hear it, welcome the word with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of trial they give up. As for the part that fell into thorns, this is people who have heard, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life and do not reach maturity. As for the part in the rich soil, this is people with a noble and generous heart who have heard the word and take it to themselves and yield a harvest through their perseverance.’
The seed in this parable represents the teachings of Christ and it highlights how it is not good enough just to hear it or know it; - but it includes a responsibility to bear fruit!
This is what Christ’s life was all about; - to produce fruit for God the Father by his actions; - the saving of souls; - and as Christians have to produce the same fruit via our daily lives!
And we have been given so many gifts to assist us in this task, our life’s purpose. We have Prayer, we have the Eucharist, we have the liturgy, we have the sacraments, we have Mary, we have the gospels, and we have the virtues; - particularly Faith, Hope, and Charity.
These are the divine gifts, the sources of Grace, Christ has bestowed on his people with the aim of helping us become fertile ground for his teachings; - and to go on and bear fruit.
But a major lesson within today’s gospel is all the obstacles we need to overcome; - our sinful and selfish desires; - our desires to do our own will and look after ourselves; - the attractions of the world; - our desire to be “comfortable”; - or desire to be “successful”; - in the eyes of the world; - our desire for wealth and the “pleasures” of this world.
We are told all these are obstacles to Christian lives bearing fruit and if we are not careful, they will overcome our ability to bear the fruit our creator wants; - the redemption of souls.
We must never forget this was the purpose Christ’s life; - and ours as well; - to save souls!
“As for the part in the rich soil, this is people with a noble and generous heart who have heard the word and take it to themselves and yield a harvest through their perseverance.’
Gospel Acclamation cf.Lk8:15
Happy are they who have kept the word with a generous heart
and yield a harvest through perseverance.
First reading 1 Timothy 6:13-16 ·
I put to you the duty of doing all that you have been told
Before God the source of all life and before Christ, who spoke up as a witness for the truth in front of Pontius Pilate, I put to you the duty of doing all that you have been told, with no faults or failures, until the Appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who at the due time will be revealed
by God, the blessed and only Ruler of all,
the King of kings and the Lord of lords,
who alone is immortal,
whose home is in inaccessible light,
whom no man has seen and no man is able to see:
to him be honour and everlasting power. Amen.