Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Angela Merici, Virgin (1474-+ 1540) Patron Saint of Sickness, Handicapped people, Loss of Parents, Courage, Strength and Determination
Letter to the Hebrews 10:11-18, Psalm 110:1-4, & Mark 4:1-20
In today’s Gospel narrative, Jesus was at the seashore and was teaching His disciples. However, a large crowd of people began to gather around Him. The crowd grew so large that our Lord got into a boat and began to teach the people who remained on the land. He taught them many things through parables.
One of the parables is very familiar to us; the sower and the seed. Jesus tells us that some of the seed fell on the path, and the birds swooped down and ate the seeds. Other seeds fell on rocky ground. Although these seeds sprouted quickly, soon the plants withered since the soil was not nourishing the roots. Then there was the seed that fell on good ground. These seeds sprouted and eventually produced an abundant crop.
Friends, this parable can stir many questions within us. How do we receive Jesus’ Word? Is the soil of my heart rocky? Does the soil of my heart allow Jesus’ Word to settle into the depths of my soul, or do I only listen to Jesus’ Word and stay on a superficial level with it? Finally, do I sit patiently and quietly with Jesus until I am able to hear His Word?
It is easy to read the Gospel. However, to pray with the Gospel requires time, attention, and an open heart. Today will we simply “read” the Gospel, or will we take Jesus’ Words to heart and ponder them? The choice is ours.
Question of the Day: Today, will you celebrate and be thankful for God’s love that heals, forgives, and gives us new life?
Prayer: “The seed is the Word of God, Christ is the sower; all who come to Him will live forever. Alleluia, alleluia.”