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April 23, 2024

Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Isaiah 55:10-11

My word shall accomplish my will.

  • The prophet Isaiah tells us that God’s word is effective.
  • Just as the rain does not stop before it has fallen to water the earth, so God’s word achieves the end for which God sent it.
  • The word of God is life-giving.

Reading II : Romans 8:18-23

We bear our suffering in light of Christ.

  • The reading from the Letter to the Romans speaks of the promised harvest of God’s word in people and in all creation.
  • Human beings have not yet arrived at the fullness of their creation, becoming children of God.
  • Paul stresses that at the end, all creation will arrive at its fullness and God’s word will have achieved the end for which God sent it.

Gospel : Matthew 13:1-23

A sower went out to sow.

  • In the parable of the sower Jesus was talking about the Kingdom of God.
  • The seed is the word of God; the various kinds of soil represent different dispositions in the hearers. The growth is still growth of the Kingdom of God.
  • The Kingdom of God grows best in willing hearts.