Why Matthew 13?


The 13th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew begins with Jesus’ Parable of the Sower, who scatters seeds willy-nilly over good soil, rocky ground, weed-strewn areas, and where birds can snatch it up. The parable reminds us that the Word of God goes forth into every kind of place in the world and in the human heart, but it always returns fruitful a hundred times over.

As Blessed Sacrament and St. Mary’s begin the process of collaboration under the Disciples in Mission pastoral plan, we look toward the example of Jesus’ parable to find a vision for our way forward. In the New Evangelization, the Church re-proposes the Gospel to the whole faithful, those we count among us each Sunday at Mass and those who might have left this path we travel. With Christ as our model, we sow the seeds of the Gospel by the joy with which we live our lives, the faith by which we praise God, the love with which we serve God’s people, and the hope with which we look for God’s blessings.

We know through faith, as Christ tells us in this parable, that His Word always comes back fruitful. As our two individual parishes approach this renewed mission together, our collaborative gathers under its own identity that recalls Jesus’ Parable of the Sower:

The Matthew 13 Catholic Collaborative

Let us go out with confidence that the Holy Spirit will strengthen us and guide our hands as we sow the seeds of the Gospel.

This new collaborative name does not supersede those of the parishes in any way. All parish websites and other parish entities will continue under the parish names. Only collaborative functions will use the new domain, such as email addresses for the priests and certain staff.

Photo credit: Fr. Lawrence Lew, OP. Used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives license.

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