(Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 16, 2017.

The word of peace, joy and happiness comes to the world, but the world refuses to hear it.
God speaks to all, just as the sower sows the seed everywhere, “some seed fall on the path… Some fell on rocky ground… Some seed fell among thorns… But some seed fell on rich soil” (Matthew 13:4-8). What God says, is said to all.
To hear the word of God means to understand it. However, some people “shall indeed hear but not understand . . . shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of these people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes” (Matthew 13:14-15).
Why do they refuse to see and hear?
They refuse to hear and see “lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted, and I heal them” (Matthew 13:15).
They prefer not to see or understand how much misery evil causes people. They refuse to see and hear that the true wealth of the human race is based on the Word that speaks of salvation, the Word that brings goodness and life to all. They choose war over peace. They take pleasure in exploiting their fellow human beings. They fool themselves thinking that they live in a ‘wonderful’ world. They are the ones with “gross hearts” who refuse to possess the “knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 13:11).
Thus, this is why God speaks to us, so by listening to him we may change our world, so we may have life, and life in abundance.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).