July 16. 15th Sunday A.  Fr Fidelis had grown up on a farm in a rural area so he shared how he loved the parable of the sower. β€œOne year, it may have been our confirmation year, we boys actually did what the parable said, we threw some seed along the road, some next to the road on rocky ground, some amongst the thorns and some in the ploughed field where it was meant to grow.  For many months we used to go and check what was happening.  It was quite sad to see how some of the little plants just shrivelled and died and we couldn’t even give them any water, because that would have been spoiling the story. You see in this story no plants were given any help, the seed was left to do its own thing. Have you ever thought of that?” 

Reflect, share, act. Scripture:   Read Matthew 13:1-23.   Jesus told the parable, ” A sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed some seeds fell along the path.  Pope Francis.   The gospel of the family also nourishes seeds that are still waiting to grow and serves as the basis for caring for those plants that are wilting and must not be neglected.  Anyone who wants to bring into this word a family which teaches children to be excited by every gesture aimed at overcoming evil – a family which shows that the Spirit is alive and at will, will encounter our gratitude and our appreciation, whatever the people, religion or region to which they belong. AL 77