“WHOEVER HAS EARS OUGHT TO HEAR.” MT 13:1-9
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
“A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.
Some 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.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.” MT 13:1-9
Jesus begins a series of parables as a story teller. He is about to reveal the Kingdom of God to us. ”Whoever has ears ought to hear,” does not mean just anyone with ears, but those who want to understand, believe, and actually give up everything to get to the Kingdom. This is what each human heart is searching for, the Truth about life and why we exist. God puts this yearning in us to seek Him and return to Him.
He begins with the parable of the Sower and the Seed. God is the Sower, the seed is the Word, our hearts are the different types of soil. How often we read, understand, reflect, and then RESPOND TO God’s Word that He has sown on our hearts will be how much we reap in this life and the next.
We cannot worship something we do not know. We cannot arrive on the doorstep of the Lord as a stranger. The Word, which is meant to be reflected on in prayer and shared with others, is where Jesus reveals Himself to us on a day to day basis. It can be applied to your life in many ways. The same passage can speak to you in different ways at different times in your life depending on the circumstances. Jesus wants our friendship. He wants to speak to us and transform us. He died for it, rose from the dead, and gave us His Spirit to guide us so we could return to the Father.
Come to the Word, learn from the Master Teacher, then go out into your homes, schools, and communities sharing what you have learned bearing much fruit to glorify the Father. Allow your heart to be open to the Word, for St. Augustine says, “My heart is restless until it rests in you.”
Today’s challenge: Get to know God by reading and reflecting on the Scriptures daily. Allow the Holy Spirit to bring you into God’s presence by reading the Scriptures and asking the Holy Spirit to help you understand God’s Word. Allow your life to be guided by God’s Word. The transformation is amazing!
Be a servant, become a saint!