Being a Catholic, a disciple of Christ, is often difficult in our world. However, we should have the confidence to trust that God will not allow His work, that He accomplishes through us, to be in vain. Doing God’s work, however, we are called to imitate God’s generosity. The parable of the sower and seed challenges our presuppositions to hold back our gifts: just as God has scattered his grace everywhere, we are called to do the same.
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14
Second Reading: Romans 8:18-23
Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23
This homily was given at the 10:00 am Sunday Mass at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in St. Louis, Missouri, where Fr. Thomas More ministered as a deacon during his final year of initial formation. This Sunday Mass was a “First Mass,” a Mass of Thanksgiving after Fr. Thomas More’s ordination to the priesthood.