Archive for July 26, 2012

First reading
Jeremiah 2:1-3,7-8,12-13

Matthew 13:10-17

Personal Reflection

In today’s Gospel we learn how we are to receive the Word of God. When we are prepared to listen with our hearts more will be poured out unto us.  Prior to this passage was the parable of the sower, showing us what happens to the Word of God in four types of people.  But even to this day many today are still clueless, they struggle with understanding or even if they do claim to understand at some level the Word does not fill them with joy or move them as they ought to be moved. Why? Today, if we were to put the bible in the hands of every man, woman or child, would the world be automatically converted? The command given to the apostles and all their successors in the ministry was to “Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, &c. teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you all days, even to the end of the world.”

If our hearts and minds are not prepared to listen, we will see but do not perceive, hear but do not understand. Jesus is calling all of us today, Come to me and be healed, be made worthy to receive. It is not by our own wills or intellect that we can understand or perceive but through the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Are you not willing to do what it takes? Do you not want to experience true love, peace and joy in your lives? Why not be made worthy to drink from the living fountain by way of repentance rather than hold on to leaking cisterns that hold no water?

Let us be numbered among the blessed as Jesus speaks to our hearts,”But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.  Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”