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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the 3rd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Hebrews 10:11-18;

Psalm 110:1-4;

 

GospelMK 4:1-20


On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea. A very large crowd gathered around him so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down. And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land. And he taught them at length in parables, and in the course of his instruction he said to them, "Hear this! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it and it produced no grain. And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold." He added, "Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear."

And when he was alone, those present along with the Twelve questioned him about the parables. He answered them, "The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you.
But to those outside everything comes in parables, so that they may look and see but not perceive, and hear and listen but not understand, in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven."

Jesus said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown. As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once and takes away the word sown in them.
And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who, when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy. But they have no roots; they last only for a time. Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Those sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the word, but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, 
and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit. But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold."


Seed of the Kingdom

 

The parable of the sower tells us of the fruition of the Kingdom of God. The seed which symbolizes the Kingdom of God could be understood either individually or collectively. Individually, each member who belongs to the Kingdom of God is metaphorically a seed which is sown on good soil. The seed has the potency to be productive in various measures – 30, 60, 100. However, it is always hidden from the individual what he/she is capable of. Hence, the maximum that an individual seed produces under the given circumstances is the potency of that particular seed.

 

For a disciple to live to be full, to produce the maximum is the mark of excellence. Each individual disciple produces what is expected of him, nothing more, and nothing less. In this way, the Christian disciple producing 30 fold, which is the maximum of his ability, would not be any way less admirable than the disciple producing 100 fold, which too is the maximum of his ability. Each individual Christian disciple who is a seed of the Kingdom thus contributes to the building of the Kingdom in his or her own way.

Collectively, this seed represents the Kingdom constituted of its members. In this process of the spread of the Kingdom of God, it was inevitable that several seeds, in spite of the willingness, to germinate, flower and produce fruit, uncongenial atmosphere stifled this and made fruition impossible. This scenario is reflected in the early Church where persecution, oppression and adversities faced by the Church crushed a few seeds. However, they could not suppress the message of the Kingdom of God altogether. Some seeds, certainly found favourable ground and lived upto their call. The result of which is found in the gradual spread of the Kingdom world over.

The parable of the sower and the seed gives a message of great hope as well as a challenge. In the collective understanding, this parable presents the message of the fruition of the Kingdom against all odds. In the individualistic understanding, the parable poses a challenge before each subject of the Kingdom to excel in producing fruits corresponding to the gift that he/she has received from God.

Let us pray for the grace to contribute to the building up if the Kingdom of God by producing as much fruit as is expected of each one of us.


Dr. Benny Thettayil CMI


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