Daily Reflection for Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-8
Responsorial: Psalm 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10
Gospel: Mark 4:1-20
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you . . . Do you not understand this parable? Mark 4:11 and 13
Reading the words in today’s Gospel we can feel Jesus’ frustration with the crowds listening to his sermons, and most of his disciples.
God has sent Jesus on a mission to show people the way to God. Jesus is giving everything he has - his words, actions, and life to this mission. Yet, it is not sinking in. People aren’t truly listening or understanding his message. So, Jesus dumbs it down. He tries to teach them through a simple farming parable.
My simple interpretation of the parable is that a fertile heart is needed to hear the message of Jesus. A heart cultivated by clearing out old debris, breaking up stubborn chunks, opinions, and judgements, and being open to nourishment from heaven. Like growing anything, it takes patience and time for the words of Jesus to grow and mature in our hearts.
Jesus says, “The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you.” To you and me. It is personal. The readings from Timothy and Mark teach us that it was personal to the people in biblical times, it was personal to their and our ancestors, and it is personal to you and me.
But, it is easy to get sidetracked, caught up in words and stories, distracted. People were distracted then, and we are now. It’s hard work to listen with a fertile heart, to set aside my discomfort and truly listen. I experience this listening challenge sometimes when my husband is talking to me. I have other things on my mind, or I don’t want to hear what he’s saying right then, or I simply disagree.
Jesus asks us to listen to his words of life and love. The most important messages we can hear are from Him. He gave his life to deliver the message.
Blessings to you,