Homily for Wednesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: God’s Word
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Wednesday July 24 2019
(Mt. 13:1-9) Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus gives the parable of the sower. It is a good story depicting, in a familiar and vivid way, how the Word of God can bear fruit in us. Jesus illustrated the fate of the seed thrown in different grounds. Of course, the seed which fell on good soil thrived well and produced fruit. In the same way, the Word of God, the seed in the parable, will bear fruit in a person with a good heart, mind, and soul (the soil in the parable).
It is not enough to listen and know the Word of God. To be a good soil to the Word of God means to accept it and imbibe it. We must make it as part of our life in the same way that the soil nurtures the seed with its nutrients. However, in our case, we are the ones nurtured by the Word.If we remain open to it, we will receive all the graces it can provide. That happens when the Word becomes our own word.
But that is usually the problem or the difficulty. We trust more our own word or the words of others. We prefer what we want. We give great regard to what others will say. We are fascinated by the “beautiful” and attractive words of some people. Yet, they all fail in comparison to the Word of God. The Word of God is life. That Word even became flesh thus showing how relevant and true God is to His Word. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh.
God’s Word is not only a sound or a combination of letters. God’s Word is action at the same time. Remember Creation? When God said for things to be created, they become as soon as the words were spoken. It was true with Moses, the prophets, judges, and all the encounters of God and His people. Time and again, God was faithful to His Word, to the covenant.
Let us make a serious effort to know the Word of God in Scriptures and in Jesus Christ. We can benefit from its graces by being a good soil to the seed of God. Take the position of openness, seeking to understand it, imbibe it, live it, and have faith in it. With these attitudes, there is no way we will miss the potentials of God’s Word. Take God’s Word for it!