A Note on Today’s Readings Proper 10: Sunday closest to July 13—Year A
Welcome to St. Gabriel’s Parish.
In reading through the Gospel of Matthew, we now reach a section of parables told by Jesus to reveal the nature of God’s Kingdom. This particular parable of the sower describes the basis for our growth in faith and ministry. We must be rooted in the Word of God. Our weekly gathering in Eucharist and our daily prayer and scripture reading are essential parts of this rootedness. We also meet Christ, the living Word of God, in ministry to the poor, the sick, and the neglected.
The first reading continues the story of the Hebrew people. Abraham is dead and Isaac is now head of the family. He has twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau, born first, was the heir but sold his birthright to the cagey Jacob, who will later cheat him out of Isaac’s blessing, as well. Yet God will one day intervene and bring hope and redemption out of this scandalous behavior.
In the second reading today, Paul continues to elaborate on the nature of the new life we have received in baptism. As we live in the Spirit rather than according to the world (the flesh) we are discovering more fully that we have been adopted by God as children. Thus we can count on God’s faithfulness to us and on our ultimate glorification and eternal life.
We gather to hear God’s Word. That Word is not simply the objective written scriptures, however. Above all, the Word is Christ and our celebration centers on meeting him and receiving him, the Word of God incarnate.