主日講道 – 常年期第十五主日 (2017年7月16日)

恭讀聖瑪竇福音 13:1-23

在那一天,耶穌從家裡出來,坐在海邊;有許多群眾,集合到他面前。耶穌只好上船,坐下;群眾都站在岸上。耶穌就用比喻,給他們講論了許多事,說:
「看,有個撒種的,出去撒種。他撒種的時候,有的落在路旁;飛鳥來,把種子吃了。
「有的落在石頭地裡,那裡沒有多少土壤;因為土壤不深,雖然很快發了芽,但太陽一出來,就被曬焦,又因為沒有根,就枯乾了。
「有的落在荊棘中;荊棘長起來,便把它們窒息了。
「有的落在好地裡,就結了果實:有一百倍的,有六十倍的,有三十倍的。
「有耳的,聽吧!」
門徒來問耶穌說:「為什麼你用比喻,對他們講話?」
耶穌回答門徒說:「因為天國的奧妙,是給你們知道,而不是給他們知道。因為凡有的,還要給他,使他富足;但是,凡沒有的,連他所有的,也要由他奪去。為此,我用比喻,對他們講話,因為他們看是看,卻看不見;聽是聽,卻聽不見,也不瞭解;這樣在他們身上,正應驗了依撒意亞的預言,說:
「『你們聽是聽,但不瞭解;看是看,但不明白。因為這百姓的心,遲鈍了,耳朵難以聽見。他們閉了眼睛,免得眼睛看見,耳朵聽見,心裡瞭解而轉變,使我醫好他們。』
「但你們的眼睛,是有福的,因為看得見;你們的耳朵,是有福的,因為聽得見。我實在告訴你們:有許多先知和義人,希望看見你們所看見的,而沒有看到;希望聽見你們所聽見的,而沒聽到。
「那麼,你們聽這撒種者的比喻吧!凡聽天國的話,而不瞭解的,那惡者就來,把撒在他心裡的奪去:這是指那撒在路旁的。
「那撒在石頭地裡的,即是指人聽了天國的話,立刻高興接受;但在心裡沒有根,不能持久,一旦為這話發生了艱難和迫害,就立刻跌倒了。
「那撒在荊棘中的,即是指人聽了天國的話,卻有世俗的焦慮,和財富的迷惑,把話蒙住了,結不出果實。
「那撒在好地裡的,即是指那聽了天國的話,而瞭解的人;他當然結出果實,有結一百倍的,有結六十倍的,有結三十倍的。」

—上主的話。

(15th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 13:1-23

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
The disciples approached him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” He said to them in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted. To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand. Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted, and I heal them.
“But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
“Hear then the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

—The Gospel of the Lord.

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