“Jesus said to his disciples:
“Hear the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom
without understanding it,
and the Evil One comes and steals away
what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground
is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil
is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” MT 13:18-23
God is the sower, His Word is the seed, Jesus came to Divinely Reveal the Word, we are the soil. Today’s lesson in the Gospel is quite simple. What do you do with the Word of God? It is still here for us to read daily and reflect on to strengthen our faith or put in the night stand or on a bookshelf and never read. Jesus reminds us today that we should not only read it and understand it, but to live it. He even tells us the Devil hates the Word, therefore we know this is a powerful source to get close to God and become holy. Our lives are very busy, but we never miss a meal and make time for food.
Today’s challenge: Don’t let your soul starve. Feed it with the Word of God, strive to understand the Word better, and put it into action. Get up 15 minutes early and read and reflect on the Mass readings or any part of the Bible you flip to. You can also begin in Matthew’s Gospel and do a section a day.
Become a saint!