Reflections of the Day
Sunday Bible Reflections ~ 16 July 2017
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

My word shall not return to me void. (Isaiah 55:11)

In todayís Gospel, Jesus uses the image of seed sown on different kinds of soil to teach his listeners about the fruitfulness of Godís word (Matthew 13:1-23). Every seed has the same potential for growth; it is the type of soil that determines how abundant the yield will be be. The prophet Isaiah seems to say the same thing: Godís word, like the seed, always remains fruitful ?it will not return void. So it seems that our human response determines the harvest.

Perhaps this explains why some people seem to bear more spiritual fruit than others. The Old Testament story of King Saul and King David offers us a dramatic illustration of this principle (1 Samuel 9-2 Samuel 12).

Saul was chosen by God to rule over Israel, but because of his fear and selfishness, he disobeyed the Lord. He didnít make a good return to God or bear lasting fruit. As a result,
God chose someone else ?a man after his own heart ?to replace Saul: the shepherd David.

Now David did what God asked him to do. He fought Israelís enemies, he rescued the ark of the covenant from the Philistines, and he even danced joyfully before the Lord for all to see.

Of course, we all know that David was far from perfect. He committed adultery and let himself get caught up in a web of deception and murder. But he also repented (Psalm 51). Despite his serious failings, Davidís humility allowed God to continue to use him. It wasnít because he was perfect that David could bear fruit for the Lord; it was because he loved God and tried to follow him with his whole heart.

David and Saulís story shows that God can work with flawed people who are humble, dedicated, and willing to turn back to him. Through repentant sinners like David ?through repentant sinners like us ?the seed of Godís word doesnít return empty; it can bear much fruit.


Mediations, 16 July 2017 ~ The Word Among Us


We Pray:
Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness. Help your word to bear fruit in my life today.
Parish News
 Singers & Musicians Wanted

Trinity Choir (9.30am Sunday Mass) is looking for singers and musicians to join them. If you are able to play any musical instrument or sing, and are keen to serve, please contact Joseph at 97547577 or Carisia at 96888563 for more details.

 


 RCIA (Chinese)

RCIA (Chinese) will commence a new journey on Monday 19 June 2017 at 7.45 pm. Register at the Parish office. For details, contact Ida at 9006 2037 or email: chuascho@yahoo.com

 


 RCIA (English)

RCIA (English) will begin a new journey on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 at 7.45pm. Volunteers are needed to assist in this upcoming journey. Registration forms for Inquirers and Volunteers are available in the parish office and RCIA notice board. Call Gregory @ 8444 5505 or email rciaht@gmail.com for details.

 


 Who's cooking this week

Simei NCC and Divine Mercy Group will be serving macaroni, fried beehoon, porridge and more.

 


 Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) Jumble Sale

Saturday, 29 July and Sunday, 30 July. Come grab a bargain! Books, clothes, shoes, handbags and more.
All proceeds go to SSVP.

 


 PRE Booster - Saturday, 19 August 2017

PRE Booster - Saturday, 19 August 2017, 9.00 am to 3.00 pm @ Parish Hall. PRE is organising a Day of Recollection for all who have attended the 4 days PRE programme. A refresher to why we want to continue living the Catholic faith. Sign up early to secure a place at the PRE Know Your Ministry booth between 7.30am to 1.00 pm on Feast Day, 11 June, 2nd Level, Room 12.

 


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