July 23, 2008
Wednesday of the sixteenth week in ordinary time
Matthew 13: 1-9
On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear."
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I come before you wanting to grow in my knowledge of you and wanting to grow in love for you. I want to show my love by truly loving others as you have loved me. My falls are many; yet I trust in your grace never to stay down and always to get up. I trust that your mercy will change my heart. So I stand before you, ready to listen to your words and ready to unite myself more perfectly to your most holy will.
Petition: Lord Jesus, I want to listen and to respond only to you.
1. The State of My Soul Jesus talks to us about his word. In Genesis we see that God said, “Let there be light”, and there was light! That’s power. The word of God can create and re-create things that are good, very good. Yet Christ tells us that in this world there are things in the hearts of man that can destroy the word God sows in our hearts. In order for Christ’s light to shine in our hearts, his word needs fertile soil. What is the state of my heart right now as I reflect on Christ’s word?
2. Candor Is Critical Jesus is asking us to look at our pride: Do we think we are better than others? He wants us to consider our vanity: Do we seek to impress others, rather than God? Jesus also wants us to consider how our sensuality leads us to worship creatures rather than God. Jesus knows we are sinners and why we commit the sins we commit. Now he is asking us to consider why we commit them.
3. Silence Is the Medium for God’s Voice If we allow Christ’s word to enter deep within our hearts and consciences, his word can take root there. Then he will be able to do great things with us, in union with us. He asks if we have ears. We should listen, and when we listen, he will transform our lives. This takes silence, interior and exterior, and it takes trust in him and in his ways. All of this will lead to fertile ground, and it is in fertile ground that Christ can plant his grace. He is the vine, and we are the branches.
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, move me to a new level in my relationship with you. Take my heart, my body, and my soul. I am yours now and forever. Never let go of me.
Resolution: At various times today I will pray, after first placing myself in God’s presence and seeking to cultivate a spirit of interior and exterior silence.
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