July 16, 2017
(15th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
Jesus said to His disciples: “Hear then 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_13:1-23
How rich, how clean of weeds and rocks, how open are we, beloved, to hear God’s word and allow it to grow in us? It WILL grow, beloved, if we just let it and ask Jesus, ask the Holy Spirit to protect us from everyone and everything that wants to prevent it.
Ask and it will be granted you. Mt 7:7
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