July 16, 2017 FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
First Reading Isaiah 55:10–11
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.
Thus says our God:
Just as the rain and snow come down from heaven
and do not return there
until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth sprouts,
giving seed to the sower
and bread to the hungry,
so shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth:
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish my purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
The word of God spoken through the prophet Isaiah.
Second Reading Romans 8:18–23
A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans.
I consider the sufferings of the present time
to be as nothing
compared with the glory about to be revealed in us.
Indeed, all of creation eagerly awaits the revealing of the children of God.
Creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord,
but by the one who once subjected it;
yet not without hope…
We know that from the beginning until now,
all of creation has been groaning in one great act of giving birth.
And not only creation,
but we ourselves who possess the first fruits of the Spirit…
The word of God spoken through Paul.
July 16, 2017 FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Year A
Gospel Matthew 13:1-23
A reading from the gospel according to Matthew.
Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
Such great crowds gathered around him
that Jesus got into a boat and sat there
while the whole crowd stood on the beach.
And he told them many things in parables.
“One day a farmer went out to sow some seed.
Some seeds fell on the path, where birds came and ate it up.
Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where there was not much soil.
This seed sprouted quickly since the soil had no depth,
but when the sun rose they were scorched; since they had no roots they withered away.
Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
Some of the seeds landed on good soil, and yielded a very good crop,
some 30 or 60 or even 100 times what was sown.
Let anyone with ears, listen!”
When the disciples were alone with Jesus, they asked,
“Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
“Because the mysteries of the kindom of heaven have been given to you, but not to them.
For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance;
but from those who have nothing, even what little they have will be taken.
I use parables when I speak to the people because they look but do not see,
they listen but do not hear or understand… “
“Consider now the parable of the sower.
When people hear the message about the kindom of God without understanding it,
the evil one comes along and snatches away what is sown on the path.
Those who received the seed that fell on the rocky ground
are the ones who hear the word of the kingdom and immediately receive it with joy.
But these people have no roots, so they last only for a while.
When some trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
Those who receive the word that fell among the thorns are the ones who hear the word,
but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke it off, and the word bears no fruit.
But those who receive the seed that fell on rich soil
are the ones who hear the word and understand it.
They bear fruit and produce a crop that yields 30 or 60 or even 100 times what was sown.”
The Good News of our Salvation spoken through Matthew.