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The Seeds of Eternal Life

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  • Reading I: 1 Corinthians 15:35-37,42-49
  • Resp. Psalm: Psalm 56:1-14
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 8:4-15

Paul writes:

What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies.
And what you sow is not the body that is to bebut a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind. (!1 Corintians 15:36-37)

So does John write:

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:24)

Paul, of course meant that the seeds of eternal life are already sown in this life. Here “seeds of eternal life” goes together with the idea of and “sowing in the Spirit” as opposed to “sowing in the flesh.” The seeds were sown in baptism, cultivated in this life so that it bears the fruit of the Spirit. It is by the power of this same Spirit who has forged in us the image of the “heavenly man” that we live in hope of the resurrection.

1 Corinthians 15:35-37,42-49
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35But some man will say: How do the dead rise again? or with what manner of body shall they come?
36Senseless man, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die first.
37And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be; but bare grain, as of wheat, or of some of the rest.
42So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it shall rise in incorruption.
43It is sown in dishonour, it shall rise in glory. It is sown in weakness, it shall rise in power.
44It is sown a natural body, it shall rise a spiritual body. If there be a natural body, there is also a spiritual body, as it is written:
45The first man Adam was made into a living soul; the last Adam into a quickening spirit.
46Yet that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; afterwards that which is spiritual.
47The first man was of the earth, earthly: the second man, from heaven, heavenly.
48Such as is the earthly, such also are the earthly: and such as is the heavenly, such also are they that are heavenly.
49Therefore as we have borne the image of the earthly, let us bear also the image of the heavenly.
Psalm 56:1-14
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1Unto the end, for a people that is removed at a distance from the sanctuary for David, for an inscription of a title (or pillar) when the Philistines held him in Geth.
2Have mercy on me, O God, for man hath trodden me under foot; all the day long he hath afflicted me fighting against me.
3My enemies have trodden on me all the day long; for they are many that make war against me.
4From the height of the day I shall fear: but I will trust in thee.
5In God I will praise my words, in God I have put my trust: I will not fear what flesh can do against me.
6All the day long they detested my words: all their thoughts were against me unto evil.
7They will dwell and hide themselves: they will watch my heel. As they have waited for my soul,
8For nothing shalt thou save them: in thy anger thou shalt break the people in pieces, O God,
9I have declared to thee my life: thou hast set my tears in thy sight, As also in thy promise.
10Then shall my enemies be turned back. In what day soever I shall call upon thee, behold I know thou art my God.
11In God will I praise the word, in the Lord will I praise his speech. In God have I hoped, I will not fear what man can do to me.
12In me, O God, are vows to thee, which I will pay, praises to thee:
13Because thou hast delivered my soul from death, my feet from falling: that I may please in the sight of God, in the light of the living.
Luke 8:4-15
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4And when a very great multitude was gathered together, and hastened out of the cities unto him, he spoke by a similitude.
5The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
6And other some fell upon a rock: and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.
7And other some fell among thorns, and the thorns growing up with it, choked it.
8And other some fell upon good ground; and being sprung up, yielded fruit a hundredfold. Saying these things, he cried out: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
9And his disciples asked him what this parable might be.
10To whom he said: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to the rest in parables, that seeing they may not see, and hearing may not understand.
11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12And they by the way side are they that hear; then the devil cometh, and taketh the word out of their heart, lest believing they should be saved.
13Now they upon the rock, are they who when they hear, receive the word with joy: and these have no roots; for they believe for a while, and in time of temptation, they fall away.
14And that which fell among thorns, are they who have heard, and going their way, are choked with the cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and yield no fruit.
15But that on the good ground, are they who in a good and perfect heart, hearing the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit in patience.

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