15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
"A sower went out to sow ..."
Entrance Antiphon: Ps 17(16):15 — “As for me, in justice I shall behold Your face; I shall be filled with the vision of Your glory.”
First Reading: Is 55:10-11 — “The rain makes the earth fruitful.”
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14 — “The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.”
Second Reading: Rom 8:18-23 — “Creation awaits the revelation of the children of God.”
Alleluia: “Alleluia, alleluia. The seed is the Word of God, Christ is the sower; all who come to Him will have life forever. Alleluia, alleluia.”
Gospel: Mt 13:1-23 — “A sower went out to sow.”
Communion Antiphon: Ps 84(83):4-5 — “The sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for her young: by Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are they who dwell in Your house, forever singing Your praise.”
Once a third grade teacher told her class, “Today we will be discovering where objects come from.” She then held up a piece of paper and asked, “Where does paper come from?” Immediately a girl answered, “Paper comes from fibers that are extracted from a tree and converted to pulp, which is then combined with water, flattened, dried, and cut into sheets.” “Very good!” said the teacher.
Next the teacher held up an eraser and asked, “Where does an eraser come from?” A young boy proudly said, “Erasers are made from either natural or synthetic rubber.” “Wonderful!” said the teacher.
Then the teacher held up an apple that a student had given her that day and asked, “Where does an apple come from?” All of the students yelled out in unison, “From the grocery store!”