When confronted with our personal weak spot, we will be taught from St. Paul

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Fifteenth Sunday of the year
Isaiah 55: 10-11; Romans 8: 18-23; Matthew 13: 1-9

"I think that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the as yet undiscovered glory that is waiting for us. All of creation is anxiously waiting for God to reveal His sons and daughters. We too, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for our bodies to be freed. "

Saint Paul was no stranger to suffering. In his own ministry he had experienced rejection and isolation and had come to terms with his own weakness and frailty. In all of this, an unshakable hope established his belief in the Lord. The strength of this hope was not in himself, but in his Lord.

At a time when the whole world is facing its own weakness and desperately looking for signs of hope, we can learn a lot from Saint Paul. In his own life and ministry, the strife and dissolution of the Church in Corinth, a community he founded, must have brought his trust to the lowest level. From this experience, he wrote as follows.

That is why I will be happy to make my weakness my special boast so that the power of Christ remains above me. Because when I'm weak, I'm strong. “2 Corinthians 12:10.

The book of Isaiah, which reached from the depths of the destruction of Israel, rose to the height of a new and inexperienced ground for hope.

"As the rain and snow come down from the sky and do not return without watering the earth, giving way and growing, so the word that comes out of my mouth does not return empty to me without my will and success to have in what it was sent to do. "

The simplicity of the image, the rain that gives growth to the earth, hides a truth that is too easily forgotten. Our heroic and futile work depends on the presence of the Lord for its success. He alone must be our life and our strength. Without him, our hopes for the future have no firm foundation.

The same truth is at the center of the familiar parable of the sower going out to sow. The circumstances of our life could be compared to the different soils that the sower has encountered. Humility, the forerunner of repentance, enables us to recognize in us the soil that is good, the superficiality of pride and vanity, and the rocky resistance of sin. As the farmer prepares for spring, feeds, clears and builds up the soil, repentance prepares our life for the Lord.

Jesus is the sower, and like the sown seed, only his presence is life that brings a rich harvest in our life.

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