The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Hear the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom
without understanding it,
and the Evil One comes and steals away
what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground
is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil
is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”
Reflection (Sem. Emmanuel Calumpong):
Before the on set of technology in media, like radio, television and now the internet, most of the people in the far flung areas would only rely on stories and news they would hear passed on from people to people. Most, if not all the time, these people would just readily believe what they hear. Unlike today, people are more skeptical about the stories and news they hear. Often than not, they would want to hear or see first for themselves on radio, television, or internet what is going on, in order to believe such stories or news.
One thing that still remains true when it comes to believing in something even without personally seeing the phenomena or events and hearing the actual words from the person who has spoken them, is when we talk about faith, our faith in God, our faith in the Catholic Church and all that it encompasses. We believe in God whom we do not see and as Christians in the present day, we believe in Jesus Christ and all His teachings even if we had not seen Him nor heard His words and teachings. We believe in the apparitions even if we were not there and witnessed them and so on and so forth. However, it is sad to note that when all these things happened, many people who witnessed these events in their midst still did not believe. Some even resorted to destroying the credibility of the visionaries or the people who witnessed and believed in them. Some even killed the one who brought the good news of salvation for mankind, Jesus Christ.
In today’s Gospel, we as Christians are once again reminded how blessed we are because of that faith and belief we have in God and in Jesus. For even with today’s presence of unparalleled technology in communications, there are still many people in the different parts of the world who have not heard nor read the Good News. “Righteous people who longed to see but did not see and to hear but did not hear.”
Therefore, this is the challenge for us: to reach out to these people and bring to them Jesus, the Good News, the Word Made Flesh, so they may also share in the Kingdom of God.