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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 12, 2020
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A Sunday Reflection
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)
A sower went out to sow (Mt 13:3)
The parable proposed in today’s Gospel appears also in St. Mark and St. Luke; and as we read or listen to it, we are tempted to think of what kind of soil is in our heart. Whether it is the path where the birds eat it up, or the rocky soil, or the thorns; or whether by the grace of God it is good soil that produces an abundant harvest. And it is good that we examine our hearts this way.
But today instead let us look at it from the perspective of the missionary. We are all sent by the Lord to plant the Gospel. The seed is the Word of God, and we are sent to sow it far and wide. We do not have to choose the soil where it is planted; our mission is to plant. The only way the seed does not produce fruit is if we keep it to ourselves. The Word of God has the power to transform every soil, every heart. He gives generously, abundantly, and we are the means by which He gives.
St. Paul says in the 1st Letter to the Corinthians that it is God who causes the growth (3:6). Let us go out and boldly sow the seed of the Word, and ask the Lord that it may produce abundant fruit. God bless you.
Fr. Luis R. Largaespada
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“Whosoever dies clothed in this habit shall not suffer eternal fire.”
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to St. Simon Stock, 1251
A SCAPULAR is a sign of commitment to the contemplative life. [Originally] a large overgarment that protected the monk’s tunic while he was working, the word scapular comes from the Latin word for shoulder, scapula.
Scapulars are cloth items usually worn over the shoulders; and, like medals, they come in many varieties. [But the best known is] the brown scapular. [When “invested” with it] using prayers approved for that purpose, [one] is enrolled in the Carmelite order [which] traces its origins back to the Old Testament prophets Elijah and Elisha.
The Carmelite order has always cultivated a particular and intense devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is her image that usually appears on the brown scapular. It’s said that, in the thirteenth century, she appeared to a Carmelite named St. Simon Stock…, and she told him that those who died “clothed in this habit will never suffer eternal fire.”
Pope John Paul II said that the scapular is powerful precisely because it is a “habit” in every sense of the word, both a uniform and a pattern of good belief and good behavior. Catholics [are] permitted to wear a scapular medal in place of a cloth scapular, and many people do. The scapular medal bears the image of Jesus’ Sacred Heart on one side, and the image of Mary on the other.
Scott Hahn, Signs of Life (New York: Doubleday, 2009)
Pages 233, 234, 235. 236. Used with permission