Fr Frank writes:
My Dear Friends,
Aware of the image from Isaiah of the word of God as rain and snow that nurtures a fruitful seed and does not return until its purpose is accomplished, Matthew wrestles with the ‘failure’ of the words of Jesus to produce the desired effect in the disciples.
We should never forget that this parable is not just about Jesus’ disciples of long ago, but that it is also about us. Maybe even our very favourite seed, our best, most self-sacrificing good deed, our smartest remark, our greatest insight, will end up on the path, or even fall among thorns. But that is not ours to control; it is not ours to worry about. In imitation of Jesus, we do not focus on the result of our action. We focus solely on the action that we must perform and leave the harvest to the Lord of the harvest.
What God will make of our efforts is more than we can ever imagine.
May God, who is gracious and just, bless you all
Priest talking at a school Mass: ‘What is grey, has a bushy tail and lives in trees?’
(Silence…..He asks three times before a young boy timidly puts up his hand.)
Boy: ‘Well, Father. I know the answer is Jesus, but it sounds like a squirrel to me.’
(thanks to Deacon Richard at St Benedict’s College)