Two-Minute Homily by Dcn Andrew O’Brien for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2023.
“We, the seeds, have been planted in the rich soil of the church. And if we pay attention to him who is the Word then we will yield a rich harvest.”
- Two-Minute Homily Transcript
Two-Minute Homily TranscriptAuthor: Archdiocese of Brisbane
We live in a culture of big events. Yet often they celebrate man’s broken desires and not God’s goodness. The Church has big events too. The big events of the incarnation, death and resurrection of Jesus celebrate God’s great goodness and mercy. And we celebrate them every week. Sunday being the day of resurrection. And that is why the Church is the rich soil.
God’s Word falls everywhere, and sprouts in lots of places, yet his church is the rich soil. We, the seeds, have been planted in the rich soil of the church. And if we pay attention to him who is the Word then we will yield a rich harvest, some a hundred, some sixty and some thirty. Being in the rich soil of the church doesn’t guarantee our faithfulness. But if we strive to be faithful the harvest will come.
In the beautiful words we hear from Isaiah, we hear how the word of the Lord is all pervasive, for all time. He waters the soil of the Church. God’s Spirit animates the seeds of our faith. His body, nourishes the church through his communion. And the power of God’s word and sacrament within us becomes God’s witness to the world.
Let us sing with the psalmist in confidence. Let us shout for joy, yes, let us sing of God’s goodness so that others may come to the rich soil and live forever.