Gospel of the day

Wednesday July 26, 2017

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 13:1-9.

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear."

Reflection

Commentary Saint John Chrysostom
Now these things Christ said in the parable of the sower, manifesting that he discoursed to all without grudging. For as the sower makes no distinction in the land submitted to him, but simply and indifferently casts his seed; so Christ himself too makes no distinction between rich and poor, wise and unwise, slothful and diligent, brave and cowardly; but he discourses to all, fulfilling his allotted role even though he foreknows the end result. Thus it is to be in his power to say: "What ought I to have done, that I have not done?" (Is 5:4)... But he speaks this parable as though anointing his disciples and to teach them that, even though there are more lost ones than there are those who receive the word, yet they should not despair. For this was the case even with their Lord and he, who fully foreknew that this was how it would be, neverthless did not desist from sowing. But how can it be reasonable, someone says, to sow among the thorns, on the rock, along the wayside? So far as the seeds and the earth are concerned it cannot be reasonable at all! But as regards people's souls and their instruction, it is extremely praiseworthy. For a farmer could indeed be reasonably blamed for doing such a thing, it being impossible for rock to become earth, or the wayside not to be a wayside, or thorns, thorns. But where rational beings are concerned it is not so. There is such a thing as rocky ground being changed and becoming rich land; and the wayside being no longer trampled on, nor lying open to all that pass by, but becoming a fertile field; and thorns being destroyed and the seed securely flourishing. For had it been impossible then this Sower would not have sown. And if the transformation did not take place in all, that is no fault of the Sower but of those who were unwilling to be changed, his task having been accomplished. And if they betrayed what they received from him then he, who demonstrates such love to them, is blameless.

All for the greater glory of God.

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