May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092218.cfm

When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable. “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold.” After saying this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”

Then his disciples asked him what the meaning of this parable might be. He answered, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.

“This is the meaning of the parable.  The seed is the word of God. Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved. Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe only for a time and fall away in time of temptation. As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit. But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.”

Which one are you? Have you allowed the Devil to steal the word of God from you by listening and believing the world instead of Him? Or did you receive the word of God, was joyful and faithful, but then became lax. Not happy with this or that aspect of the faith? Or have you allowed the word of God to settle into your heart, taken it seriously, practice it faithfully and plant seeds in others? Which do you think the Lord wants you to be? Which one do YOU want to be?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have been all three in my life. I thank you for your patience in allowing me the time I needed to have your word settle in my heart! My joy is complete!!! In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.

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