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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 19, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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The problem with most of us is that unless there is a crisis, spending time with God in prayer or reflection of His Word is a luxury. We are too busy living our lives in the way we choose for ourselves. Most believe there is comfort only in things we can see, feel, touch, smell and taste. And even then choose only the ones that give instant gratification.

The Lord says that until a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone. Unless we die to ourselves, we cannot rise in Him and receive His Word deep into our very beings. His Word and love which will grow in us to such an extent that we cannot contain it. And it will bursts forth from us to all.

O Lord, my God let Your Word take root in my heart. Amen

FIRST READING
1 Corinthians 15:35–37, 42–49

GOSPEL
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 seed 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.”