Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saints Joachim and Ann, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Book of Exodus 32:15-24, 30-34, Psalm 106, & Matthew 13:31-35
One of the greatest gifts humans have is to be able to experience the five senses—Sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing. We experience these senses every day of our lives. The most regularly used is hearing. For example, we could be in a dark place unable to see; there are no odors to breathe in, there is nothing to eat, so taste is not involved and, in some cases, we are immobile, and we don't experience anything to touch. However, fortunately for most of us, our ears are available for us to hear.
In today's Gospel narrative, we hear Jesus tell us the parable of the sower. He said, "Whoever has ears ought to hear," which serves as a reminder that we need to both listen as well as comprehend. The seeds that did not grow and produce fruit represent those among us that are not listening. The seeds that flourish and produce fruit represent the treasures that we will reap if we listen and follow the Word of God.
We live in an ultra-busy world that seems full of endless distractions, so much so that we are losing our ability to LISTEN and, more importantly, to HEAR each other and the Words of our God. How often do we find ourselves not listening because we are waiting to respond to something we haven't heard? Holy Mass might even be involved here. Many lose the ability to listen during the hymn, the reading of Sacred Scripture, or homily, even during the Eucharist's Liturgy. Yes, we are ultra-busy; however, doesn't Jesus deserve one small hour during our busy week?
Today is the Memorial Feast of Saints Joachim and Ann, the parents of our Blessed Mother. We can spend some time reflecting on how this holy family consisting of a mother, father, and young child listened patiently and comprehended the Word of God. Was it easy for them? Did they, too, have distractions? What sort of challenges did they encounter? May we use all of our five senses to experience all that our faith has to offer.
Question of the Day: How will you utilize all of your senses to comprehend the Word of God?
Prayer: Lord, God of our fathers, through Saints Joachim and Ann, You gave us the Mother of Your Incarnate Son. May their prayers help us to attain the salvation You promised to Your people. Amen. (Lives of the Saints Illustrated)