Homily for the fifteenth Sunday in the Ordinary Time, Year A.
Theme: The effectiveness of God’s words in our lives
By: Fr. Justin Nzekwe.
Homily for Sunday July 12 2020
Our relationship with God depends on the effectiveness of God‘s words in our lives. No one have seen Jesus Christ physically, but we relate with him every day through his words and through the breaking of the bread at the holy mass. The Word of God is like a flower, its beauty depends so much on how fertile the land it was planted is, how often we water the soil, and our ability to prune them at the right time. Jesus compared the God’s word to a sower who spreads the seed in the farm. Some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop — a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
Many of us were once active Christians as children and adolescence, but now our faith is no longer strong, most of us allowed temptations and suffering to weaken their faith that they even started doubting the mercy and existence of God. Most of us love their comfort and work so much that they no longer have time for God. Most of us no longer live a life worthy of our vocation as Christians, and we do not have the humility to tell God that we are sorry in the confessional. Most of us think that we are perfect and we look down on others as sinners. All these are the thorns which prevents the seed of God’s words to grow and bear abundant fruits in our lives. We must therefore examine our hearts to know if the word of God we have received through the Church and the bible have been bearing fruits in our lives, and what quantity of fruits they are bearing.
The first reading assures us that God’s words are still powerful and unchangeable. The prophet Isaiah compares the Word of God to rain and snow that falls on the ground: “Just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return without watering the earth, making it bud and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so will the Word of God not return to God empty, but it will accomplish what it was please to accomplish.” The Word of God is of great benefit to us. It heals us, comforts us, guides us, moderates our lives, gives us peace and serenity to our soul. God remains a merciful God who do not judge us, but love us. He desires for a continuous relationship with us. He continues to invite us with love, so that we can embrace Him and he will make us to bear good fruits in abundance. As we have gathered here today because of the love we have for God, may he shower more love, healing, blessings and peace in our lives. Amen!