January 28, 2015
(St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus told his disciples a parable about a farmer sowing seed in a field, and how some seed fell on the hard path and was eaten by birds, some fell on rocky ground and never rooted well enough to grow, some fell among thorn bushes and were choked out, while some fell on fertile soil and grew abundantly. It was a parable about how some people may be open to the Word of God in their lives and others not. He concluded: “those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” Mk 4:1-20
Jesus spoke to his disciples, and to us today about three challenges we can face on our journey to being good disciples of His.
The first challenge is missing opportunities to share His love. This can happen because we either ignore them, or allow Satan to steal them away, through our stubbornness, or our selfishness. When we do simple things like comforting a friend who may be having a tough day, or being extra patient and friendly to that new kid at the checkout counter in the store, who may be a little slow, when we’re in a hurry. That’s overcoming the first challenge!
The second challenge is not staying rooted in our faith. There’s an old saying that goes: “If you don’t stand for something, when the storm comes by, you won’t have – a leg to stand on.” And it’s the same with our faith. How can we defend our Lord, if we don’t know very much about Him? And so we read the Scriptures and our Catechism. We watch good faith shows, like EWTN. And we come to Mass and Communion Services, as often as we can, so that we can learn how to answer the questions of unbelievers.
And the third and probably hardest challenge, is allowing the secular media and the world to choke out our faith. What is it, beloved, that can have us so worried and anxious about life, that we forget the very solution to those problems, our Lord? Is it our health? He is our comfort! Is it our wealth? He is the Source of ALL that exists! Is it our relationships? His is the MOST important! For, from a healthy relationship with Jesus all the others will fall into place. Is it our sinfulness? Jesus forgives us with no strings attached! Or is it even death itself? All the more reason to REJOICE with every breath we take; although we know that death is just the beginning of a Life more Glorious than anything we’ve ever known!
Jesus said that if we can open ourselves up to recognize and act
on every opportunity to be His Disciple, in love with others;
And if we can keep ourselves rooted and always growing in
our knowledge and love of Him;
And if we can protect ourselves from the spears and arrows of
the world’s anxieties;
We WILL absolutely BE His Most Valuable Disciples, because together, with Jesus, we CAN change the world, 30, and 60, and 100-fold over!
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