Wisdom 12, 13, 16-19, You judge with clemency
Psalm 86, Lord, you are good and forgiving.
1 Corinthians 3, 6-8, the one who plants and the one who waters each have one purpose.
Matthew 13, 1-23, Kingdom Parables
Homily by Mike
Recall the Responsorial response that we sang together last Sunday, ‘The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest." Of course, the sower of the seed is the Lord who sows the Word of God. Through the power of the Holy Spirit that seed becomes alive within our hearts. So, we are likened to the fertile soil that receives the seed to be shared with others by word and example.
I commend you for doing just that, for we have gathered here today to be fertile soil with and for one another. Led by the Spirit we have come to nourish one another with hymns, sacred psalms and prayer with a meal of fish and bread: The Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist.
When we entered through those open doors, we were greeted by; a stanza of psalm and the tuning of guitar; those being chosen to present the Scriptures; bite sized bread being made ready for the meal, along with grape juice that is a metaphor for the Holy Spirit being poured out for all; early pictures being taken for the blog; the altar being covered with table cloth and candles, sweet bread and coffee being placed on the back tables for fellowship after Mass; and hugs given to John and Ro and to those who have not taken seat yet.
The opening hymn announced the coming of the procession of those assigned to the Table, both young and old. We sit to reflect on where we are and why. John welcomes everyone, visitors by name first…which he has written on a small piece of paper, if necessary. We become aware of the status of those who have or are about to have surgery; those who we will visit; or send a card; or bring dinner.
And we will join our hands and hearts as fertile soil to live the Lord’s prayer to bring about the kingdom of God here and now and grant one another with a sign of Christ’s peace in the unity to which we have been called. Children are invited to the Table, visitors as well, all are invited for God has no favorites. ‘ We love each person here as Christ has and does love each of us.’ We are brothers and sisters.
We are anointed with the sacred oil, for together, we are the fertile soil, who forgives others as God has forgiven us. We smile, one and all, granting young and old happy birthday or anniversary with a simple small cut of cake. Alleluia, Deacon Mike