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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 13,18-23): «(…) As for the seed that fell on good soil it is the one who hears the word and understands it; this bears fruit and produces a hundred, or sixty, or thirty times more».

Faith without works is a “dead” faith

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today the “Parable of the Sower” is like a warning that shall not be forgotten and a perennial invitation to respond with the fruits to love; the same fruits with which He looks after us. Faith enables us to recognize the Christ in others and His own Love compels us to transform the received Word in a surrendered life.

Faith without charity does not bear fruits and charity without faith would constantly be a doubtful feeling. Faith and love need each other so that one allows the other to go on its way. With strong words – which always relate to Christians – James, the Apostle, says: “Without works faith is dead on the inside (…). “Show me how anyone can have faith without actions and I will show you my faith by my actions“. (James 2.17-18)

- Sustained by faith, we look with hope to our commitment in the world, waiting for new heavens and a new land in which righteousness dwells.