Wednesday, the 16th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Joachim and Anne
Readings for today’s Mass
went out and planted a big garden. He planted all kinds of good things that he would later harvest for his family to eat. As the garden grew, rabbits came and ate some of the plants that were their favorites. Deer also came by the garden and ate some of the plants they enjoyed. Likewise, woodchucks and other creatures, too, would stop and eat different plants from the garden.
All summer long, the garden keeper tended the rest of the garden and sometimes planted new seeds. When the harvest time came, he went out to gather the garden to feed his family. The man was quite pleased with his garden; and even tho he did not get the benefit of everything he planted, he was able to feed his whole family and even had enough left over to share with the neighbors. His long summer's work produced more that he expected.
The sower of seeds from today's gospel did not expect all of his seeds to grow. He was a farmer. He knew about hungry birds. As he scattered the seed, he knew some of it would land in the ditch and other places where it wouldn't do well. He didn't expect a harvest from each seed he planted. But he also knew that if he tended the rest of the field, his work would reproduce itself even a hundredfold. Growing a garden can be a long struggle. But perseverance to the work at hand, in the end, will bring a plentiful harvest.
We are called to be sowers of the word of God. Like the farmer, not all of the seeds we scatter will be fruitful and multiply. That cannot discourage us from tending the fields. Like the gardener, our persistent labor will also produce a harvest a hundred times over. After all, that is not our work but the work of the Spirit who tends the garden and nurtures the seed we sow.