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By Their Fruits You Will Know Them

“By Their Fruits You Will Know Them”
A reflection on Matthew 7:15-20
Wednesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.”

Matthew 7:15-20

Prayer to the Sower

“Prayer to the Sower”
Luke 8:4-15 in a prayer couplet
Saturday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Related posts: The Parable of the Sower, The Parable of the Sower Explained
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to him, he spoke in a parable. “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold.” After saying this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”

Then his disciples asked him what the meaning of this parable might be. He answered, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that ‘they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.’

“This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word of God. Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved. Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe only for a time and fall away in time of trial. As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit. But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.

Luke 8:4-15

The Parable of the Sower Explained

“The Parable of the Sower Explained”
Matthew 13:18-23 in a tercet
Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Related post: 16 Ordinary Time Wednesday
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

“Hear then the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

Matthew 13:18-23

The Greek word translated as “hear” (akouó) in Matthew 13:23 translates the Septuagint version of the shama (hear) in Deuteronomy 6:4: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one.”

Hearing in the ear is meant to lead to obedience in the heart. The link between hearing and doing is also found in the English word “obedience,” which comes from the Latin preposition ob- (to, toward) and verb audire (to hear, listen). Wholeness of hearing involves the whole person.

The seed sown on rich soil hears the word and “understands” it, from the Greek suniémi (put together, consider, understand, perceive). Hearing, understanding, doing, and being are one in the organic fruit-bearing Body of Christ.

The Parable of the Sower

“The Parable of the Sower”
Matthew 13:1-9 in a couplet
Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

Matthew 13:1-9