There are two themes that run through this Sunday’s Readings. First, the prioritising of the spiritual and eternal things over the physical and temporal things and second, the absolute radicalness of the Gospel. Of course, they are intimately linked to each other but let’s look at them one by one.
This Sunday’s First Reading and Gospel Reading serve as two very poignant bookends in our Liturgy of the Word. In the First Reading, we have the book of Wisdom expounding the great mercies and forgiveness of God — followed by the Psalm doing the same thing — and at the end we have the Gospel where Jesus reveals something a little different.
This week, we are going to come at the Readings backwards. We will begin with the end in mind, as St Thomas Aquinas used to say. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells us the parable of the sower. I’m sure we’ve heard it many times before. But let us renew our hearts to receive it anew and ask the Lord to open things up to us that we may have never seen before. I encourage you to read at least the Gospel carefully, anytime between now and this Sunday’s Mass, and meditate on Jesus’ words and think about what kind of soil your life might be for the seed, that is, the Word of God spoken of in the First Reading.
We’re back this week and the Liturgy of the Word opens with a reading from the prophet Zechariah. Zechariah tells us that our King will come to us “humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Of course, this is the prophecy that was fulfilled when Jesus took a donkey and rode it triumphantly into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The response from this Sunday’s Psalm confirms that our King would be God.
The Lord is King: Reflection on the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 19, 2017
Tyson Murphy was born and raised in California, USA. He received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Having spent nearly a month in Gibraltar during the summer of 2016, he has developed a special love for the people of the Rock.
Jeremy was born and raised in Gibraltar. He has a double major Bachelor's degree in theology and catechetics with a minor in philosophy from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He currently lives in Gibraltar with his wife, Stephanie, and their son, Álvaro.
Patrick is from Northville, Michigan, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy.