Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072718.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “Hear 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.”
This does not need much explanation. Jesus tells us what to watch for. We must guard the Word of God to be sure it is sown on rich soil, so it takes root and bears good fruit. The word of God must be multiplied and passed on to others and we can only do it if it first bears good fruit in us. What are you growing?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, May I always be receptive to your word and plant it in others. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.