“THE MYSTERY OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD HAS BEEN GRANTED TO YOU.” MK 4:1-20
Humbly submit your will to God (thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea.
A very large crowd gathered around him
so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down.
And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land.
And he taught them at length in parables,
and in the course of his instruction he said to them,
“Hear this! A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and the birds came and ate it up.
Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep.
And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it
and it produced no grain.
And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit.
It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”
He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”
And when he was alone,
those present along with the Twelve
questioned him about the parables.
He answered them,
“The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you.
But to those outside everything comes in parables, so that
they may look and see but not perceive,
and hear and listen but not understand,
in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven.”
Jesus said to them, “Do you not understand this parable?
Then how will you understand any of the parables?
The sower sows the word.
These are the ones on the path where the word is sown.
As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once
and takes away the word sown in them.
And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who,
when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy.
But they have no roots; they last only for a time.
Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
they quickly fall away.
Those sown among thorns are another sort.
They are the people who hear the word,
but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches,
and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word,
and it bears no fruit.
But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it
and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” Mk 4:1-20
Jesus reveals to us today that His mission is to sow the Word and reveal to us salvation, or how to get back to the Father in heaven (be a saint!). The Word is living and effective. We can approach the same Scripture and it can speak to us something different due to the circumstances in our life. Prayer is a person talking to God, reading the Bible is God speaking to us. What are you missing if you don’t read God’s Word? The one thing your heart desires the most, who you are.
There is a Light, a Presence, a Love, a Person, a Hero, a Wonder worker, a Father, a Savior, a Maker, a Friend, chasing after you, revealing himself to you, so that you know you belong to something much bigger than yourself. We want more than anything to belong to this Person of Love. Be careful, everything you watch and listen to is forming your beliefs. If it is not the Person who created you and redeemed you, you may get lost and lose who you are in something that leads you to nothingness.
God’s Word changes reality at Mass. God’s Word transforms our lives when we listen and accept it. The Word will never pass away. Our hearts are the soil. How we respond to the Word determines the outcome of our soul for eternity. God is love and love requires a response. JPII teaches that freedom exists for the sake of love. Love cannot be forced, so we have free will to choose. Choose wisely. Open your heart and let God in, His greatest desire is to be friends with you so you will be back with Him forever in heaven!
Today’s challenge: Read the Word daily, respond through action (love), receive joy in eternal life.
Be a servant, be a saint today!