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 on Sunday, the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time, encourages us to hope for the harvest; to renew our trust in the power and faithfulness of God.
And when we do this should lead us to a fresh awe that God, creator of all that is, should be attentive and caring for us, a tiny and seemingly passing part of Creation. And yet he he serves us…
How blessed are we to know this: not only to be loved, but to know we are loved.
Image from crypt chapel, St Mary’s University, Twickenham. (c) 2007, Allen Morris.