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It’s alright

Background Music: Panalangin
    Written by: Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Alma Bernadette Regalado

July 16, Sunday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time
Readings: First Reading: Isa 55:10-11 Ps 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14; Second Reading: Rom 8:18-23;  Gospel Reading: Matt 13:1-23

“It’s alright.” Sometimes it is very comforting to hear these words, especially in challenging situations. I would like to read the readings for today in a different light. Isaiah and the Romans were assured that God’s words will bear fruit in spite of the difficulties, in the same way as the disciples through Jesus’ parables, comforted them that not all who hear His words believe. This can be very upsetting and frustrating for those who faithfully follow Him. Putting my feet on Jesus’ sandals I couldn’t just imagine how in spite of the miracles he has performed, many would not believe, and many would not listen.

Might the majority of the crowd be just there to experience physical healing without really experiencing rooting and understanding? Or those like some Pharisees who were just listening so they can plot on Him?  Yes, speaking in parables can indeed indirectly challenge the motivations of those who follow Christ but it is also Jesus’ way of compassionately saying to His disciples, “It is alright.” The farmer knows that not all the seeds he has thrown will grow but still, he plants. It is the hope and trust in God that those seeds that indeed fell on good soil will blossom and bear fruit.  And it is the same hope that Jesus is trying to plant among those who share His word. “It is alright.” What matters is they have planted.

Have you in some ways held on to something that is good but in return was criticized or rejected? Don’t give up but continue to be good and spread this goodness. Let us continue to love and be loved. As faithful companions of Christ, we are invited to not lose hope and believe in the God who has called us to bring healing to the sick, comfort for the dying, food for the hungry, equitable treatment for women and children, and liberty to the captives and oppressed.

Our foundress, Euphrasie Barbier experienced so many trials being a woman religious missionary in the 19th century yet with zeal and remarkable love continued to be faithful in spreading the Divine missions. In God’s own time and ways, somehow our seeds of love will touch people’s hearts and bloom and yield a fruitful harvest. Truly, the kingdom of God is right here on earth. Let us be glad and rejoice!  


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.