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15th Sunday Insert

15th Sunday Insert

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 The parable of the sower is a story about the fruitfulness of the earth. It as-sures us that the harvest will come in spite of the many obstacles that standin the way. In the end, the rocks and birds and trampling feet cannot nullify the fact that
the seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest 
.Paul talks about the salvation of the world, pointing out that
the world itself will be freed from its slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of Go
.Meanwhile,
all creation groans and is in agony 
: we pollute the clear air and thefresh water; we drive plants and animals to extinction; we clear-cut forestsand we strip-mine, leaving ugly scars in the land. The opening prayer calls on us
to reject what is contrary to the gospel 
. Isn’t it con-trary to the “good news” to waste and destroy God’s creation? The Creatorhas
 greatly enriched the land 
. How dare we impoverish it!
 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Respecting Creation
Gerald Darring 
 
 July 13, 2008
“The commitment of believers to a healthenvironment for everyone stems directly from their belief in God the Creator, fromtheir recognition of the effects of originaland personal sin, and from the certainty of having been redeemed by Christ. Respectfor life and for the dignity of the humanperson extends also to the rest of creation, which is called to join man in praising God.”Pope John Paul II,
World Day of Peace Mes- sage 
(1990) 16

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