We are seeds, planted by God

 
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Saturday of week 24 in Ordinary Time, based on Luke 8:4-15

When a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came to Jesus, he said in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture. Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

  Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to others I speak in parables, so that
‘looking they may not perceive,
and listening they may not understand.’

  “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones on the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe only for a while and in a time of testing fall away. As for what fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear; but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Brendan Curran, OP

About Brendan Curran, OP

Fr. Brendan Curran, O.P. is a Dominican priest and Serves as Special Assistant to the President at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, USA. As of 2016, the undergraduate population is 47 % Latino and over 50 % of the students are first generation immigrants from Europe, Africa and the Americas and some are undocumented. At DU, Fr. Curran advises the staff and faculty on mentoring and recruitment of immigrant students. In Fall 2016, He was named Vice Chair of the Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform, a support and advocacy network for Irish immigrants in Chicago and the Midwest USA. In the Summer of 2015, Fr Curran was named by the Central Midwest U.S. Dominicans as the Promoter for Social Justice. He served for nearly nine years as pastor of St. Pius V Church in the Pilsen neighborhood, a largely Mexican immigrant neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. A native of Chicago´s South Side, he grew up the son of Irish immigrants. St. Pius V parish is the home of the largest domestic violence and family enrichment faith-based program in the United States. In late 2014, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel named Fr. Brendan as the Chicago Domestic Violence Coordinated Response Council. He served as the only clergy member of a new body synchronizing the mayor’s office, office of the state's attorney, and city agencies to combat domestic violence. In 2014, he was a critical voice in convincing the Illinois General Assembly to pass Illinois Drivers Licenses for undocumented immigrants. He is an outspoken presenter and facilitator on worker and immigrant rights and the Catholic tradition in the Midwest. He has been a founding member and outspoken leader of Priests for Justice for Immigrants, an organization of over 200 priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago committed to support for comprehensive immigration reform in the struggle for immigrant rights. In 2009, he helped launch the St. Toribio Romo Immigrant Center, a network among thirteen Catholic parishes to strengthen immigrant awareness and leadership on the Near West Side of Chicago. Fr. Curran is a founding board member of the Chicago Workers´ Collaborative, an organization uniting day laborers and community organizations to respect day laborer rights. An achievement he considers with great pride was his role in bringing community, labor, faith organizations and industry leaders to pass groundbreaking day labor reform legislation in the State of Illinois in 2006.