The people who heard Jesus tell the parable of the farmer's life
also shared the wonder of the soil. The farmer works hard during
the day, but he can't make the seed grow into a plant, and the
plant produce fruit. God causes the growth. Jesus' point is that
like the plants the Kingdom of God is in God's hands. The
workers in the Lord's fields must do their best to create the
proper environment for growth, but God causes the growth. The
parable comforted the people of the early Church in face of
discouragement when their efforts didn't seem to be getting them
anywhere. Remember, early Christianity grew as a development of
the Jewish faith, but the Christians were rejected by the Jews.
It must have been difficult for them to explain to the pagan
gentiles how Jesus was predicted by the Jewish prophets when the
Jews had rejected Him and them. Persecuted on every side, the
early Christians had to trust God to give growth to his
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PA. We are a Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Harrisburg.
We were founded in 1960.
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Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide each one of us that we may
be His instruments and channels of His grace to build His
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Very Rev. Edward J.
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June 10, 2018
And He did. And He still does. The Church lives on despite the
persecution from the Romans, despite the internal dogmatic
fights and debates of the second through fifth centuries,
despite the Fall of Rome and conquest of the barbarians, despite
the corruption from within and outside in the Middle Ages and
the Renaissance, despite the Christian fratricide of the
Reformation, despite the onslaught of rationalists in the last
two centuries, despite the clergy sex abuse scandal, despite the
attacks on Christians by ISIS, and despite two thousand years of
martyrdom aimed at destroying the faith, the Church still lives
on, and grows. God gives the growth. He does wonders with our
feeble efforts. He turns that which is insignificant into that
which is substantial.
We are members of the greatest society the world has ever seen.
We are members of the Kingdom of God. We are members of the
Church. No matter what the media may comment, we are part of the
only truly relevant organization in the world. We give meaning
to the whole purpose of existence. The
Church continues to grow; for the Lord, not people, gives the
Excerpted from Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino, Diocese of St.