Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel: Mt 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.”

JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE: Manna was not just food to fill the bellies of the Israelites but was a type of Christ as the bread of Life. It was given to build their faith in God as the only one who can sustain them even in the wilderness. The parable of the sower teaches that the seeds behave according to the nature of the soil in which they are sown. Although it is the same type of seed it does not behave the same in all the types of soils. This shows how we receive the word of God in our hearts. Jesus is the word that became fresh and dwelt amongst us. Every time we receive the word and the Eucharist, we receive the bread of life that is able to sustain us in our Christian journey.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the bread of life.