MY daily reflection and prayer:
Saturday, September 20, 2014:
“But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.”
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. Luke 8:4-15.
When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable. “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up.
Some seeds fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold.” After saying this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”
Then his disciples asked him what the meaning of this parable might be. He answered, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.
“This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word of God. Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved. Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe only for a time and fall away in time of temptation. As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit. But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.”
And this is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord, Jesus Christ.
Do we hear the word of God, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance in our lives? Or, does God’s word for us go in one ear and out the other?
Jesus wants us to be person who has the ability to hear and understand His word; not person who is too busy to pray and to listen and reflect on God’s word. We must not allow other things to occupy our mind and heart.
So many times we get the most attention to the voice of the world with its many distractions but forget the voice of God. He wishes to speak his word of love and truth with us each and every day.
Jesus wants us to hear His word attentively. He invites us to be the good soil that is ready to receive the seed of His word so it can take root and grow, and produce good fruit.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we learn to have a receptive heart and open mind which are always ready to hear what God wants to teach us through His word. There we search out the meaning of God’s word for us so that it may grow and produce good fruit in our lives. By adoration, we hear with a listening ear and teachable spirit. We learn and understand the intention of God’s word for us. Let’s hunger for God’s word as good soil and produce good fruit in our lives.
Let’s Lord Jesus, help us to be person who hears and listens Your word attentively that we can be good soil as well. May we produce good fruit in our lives, now and forever. Amen
Unika Soegijapranata Semarang
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