On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 27, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

What state are we in when receiving the living word of the Lord our God? Has the stubbornness of our heart filled with pride and sin closed our ears? Or have we allowed the worries and cares of the world to overcome all our senses?

Pray that we are grace filled, faithful and upon listening to His Word plant it deep within and without. By planting we, understand, live, share and teach the Word. This is how we internalise His precious Word and is thereby planted in rich soil which bear fruit.

Oh the Word of my Lord, deep within my being. Oh the Word of my Lord, You have filled my mind. Amen

First reading

Jeremiah 3:14-17
Come back, my disloyal children

Come back, disloyal children – it is the Lord who speaks – for I alone am your Master. I will take one from a town, two from a clan, and bring you to Zion. I will give you shepherds after my own heart, and these shall feed you on knowledge and discretion. And when you have increased and become many in the land, then – it is the Lord who speaks – no one will ever say again: Where is the ark of the covenant of the Lord? There will be no thought of it, no memory of it, no regret for it, no making of another. When that time comes, Jerusalem shall be called: The Throne of the Lord; all the nations will gather there in the name of the Lord and will no longer follow the dictates of their own stubborn hearts.

Gospel

Matthew 13:18-23
The man who hears the word and understands it yields a rich harvest

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You are to hear the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom without understanding, the evil one comes and carries off what was sown in his heart: this is the man who received the seed on the edge of the path. The one who received it on patches of rock is the man who hears the word and welcomes it at once with joy. But he has no root in him, he does not last; let some trial come, or some persecution on account of the word, and he falls away at once. The one who received the seed in thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this world and the lure of riches choke the word and so he produces nothing. And the one who received the seed in rich soil is the man who hears the word and understands it; he is the one who yields a harvest and produces now a hundredfold, now sixty, now thirty.’

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