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Gospel Reflection for 15th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A – July 16th 2017
A story about people trying to do good and not much often comes from it. One mother said, ‘I hope I’ll see some of my children at the altar again before I die’. A football trainer – ‘I wish we won matches when he was in school’ – but the fruit of all the hours of work came later when he scored goals for the county!
THE FRUIT OF EFFORT
A big point of this story is about the fruits – 30, 60, 100 fold. When we work at love or faith, the deeper things of life, something good happens.
We try to hand on faith in the family and school situations. Sometimes you feel you see little for your work. Or love – the same. Or you give time to the family in many ways and may see little for the return of love.
LOVE ALWAYS BEARS FRUIT
The consoling point of the story – you never know when you will get fruit. Love given is never lost. Like dropping something into the river, you never know where it will end up. Love given to children in the family also bears fruit in the next generation. We never know.
Part of life is trial and effort. Jesus was the same. He threw out love like the sower throws out the seed. He knows it may fall badly. But he gives it anyway. He gave love on Calvary to everyone. God is like that. It may take years to flower. God doesn’t stint the seed, nor does he stint love.
Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger