Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Bridget of Sweden, Widow, (c.1303-+1373) Patron Saint of Europe, Sweden, Widows
Book of Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11, & Matthew 13:18-23
As I prepared to write today's reflection, I had one thought, 'Thank you, Lord, for making it easy for me.' Meaning that after reading today's Gospel narrative, which is, quite frankly, self-explanatory. However, we still have to listen and attend to the words and understand them. It is still a lesson we need to be reminded of and we need to receive.
In the Gospel, the Word of God is readily accessible. But how many of us think about it seriously? Many people attend Mass (especially now that all of the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted) and claim to be good Catholic Christians. Yet, how many live the Christian life and act on the Word of God? I believe that the "Word of God" is too often like the seed in the first of the three circumstances. Many attend Mass, but as soon as they leave, the inspiration of God's Holy Word is gone and presumably left in the pew. Friends, these are folks who don't consider God's message until they attend Mass the following weekend. The business of life gets in the way, and those good intentions that could be there don't have "roots" and can't survive.
The message is clear. It is not enough to hear the Word of God; we must live it. We can never let the fire lit within us at Mass go out as we leave our churches. We need to hear His Word, listen and absorb it, think about it, understand it, and live it as part of our everyday life.
Question of the Day: How will you become the "rich soil" in which God's Holy Word can take root?
Prayer: "Lord, you have the Words of everlasting life." (John 6:68c)