Thus says the Lord: ‘As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.’
The first reading at Mass today, the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, speaks of the power of the word of God.
The prophet’s assertion that nothing can thwart God’s intention for his word. This might give us hope.
However it is something against which we need to set the caution and warning of Jesus in the parable of the sower and the seed: seed good, but not everyone is up to receiving it and benefiting from it.
Where does that leave us? Ultimately we may say God is all-powerful and have hope for his will to be done. But existentially, here and now, we recognise that we have a choice – to seek for God’s will to be done in us, with our consent and cooperation, to the extent we can, even with the admission we can feel powerless.
Let us rejoice in the faithfulness of God, and pray for a growth in faithfulness and desire for faithfulness in us.
Wet in the Valley of Rocks, Devon. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.