Sunday, July 23, 2023
The readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time tell of how our relationship with God helps us grow, which in turn allows our lives to bear fruit. The first reading (Isaiah 55:10-11) explains that God’s Word is like the rain, which falls on the earth and makes it fertile. The psalm (Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14) tells us that God prepares the world for a bountiful harvest. The second reading (Romans 8:18-23) reminds us that a new creation is going to emerge. And in the gospel (Matthew 13:1-23 or 13:1-9) Jesus tells the parable of the sower and explains that our hearts must be ready to receive the Word of God.
Witnesses do not lose themselves in words, but rather they bear fruit. They do not complain about others and the world, but start with themselves. They remind us that God is not to be proven, but shown; not announced with proclamations but witnessed by example.Pope Francis
So discipleship, scripture, and evangelization are some possible themes for this week. Here are some ideas: