Daily Reflection for Friday, July 23, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!
We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Exodus 20:1-17
Responsorial: Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11
Gospel: Matthew 13:18-23
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
“Hear the parable of the sower." (Matthew 13:18)
I am intrigued today by the use of the word “hear” in this passage. Merriam-Webster defines hearing as the “process, function, or power of perceiving sounds; specifically: the special sense by which noises and tones are received as stimuli.” Jesus is apparently asking us to be sure that we are receiving the “stimuli” contained in this parable of the sower.
There is much wisdom contained in this story. For me, it is one that I know and find so very familiar. Yet, each time I reflect upon it some new kernel of thought or feeling surfaces.
We just returned from spending 8 wonderful days with all of our children who are now adults and living apart from their childhood home. Our youngest just graduated from college and is preparing to take flight, making us truly empty nesters, rather than periodically so. Spending some concentrated time with all of them in one place gave me time to notice the effects of the “seeds planted” in their lives.
Like most of us, at different moments, all four reactions described in this parable can be found in our lives. The same is true for my children and their beloveds. I see abundant fruit in each of them. I see the areas where the seed is trying to make its way down into the “earth” of their being to find a source of nutrition and growth. I see dry ground that needs tending in order to become capable of producing life again. I see stalks that have shot up quickly only to die just as quickly due to lack of depth of soil and the presence of nutrients. I see the “weeds” that can so easily choke out the new growth because they can grow so much faster than the plant that will bear fruit is able.
I continue to marvel at all the ways that our loving God is made known. The soil of our life is often rocky and in order for our seeds to take root and grow, we must be intentional. First, we must choose to be opened to receiving the path ahead of us. It is easy to walk that path and sow our seeds when it is lush, fertile, and inviting. It is not so easy when we find it to be covered in uneven stones amidst dry, arid weather with no relief from the heat visible. Worries of this world, can make us miss the “tiny shoots” of new growth struggling to become.
God’s word continues to be the ultimate gift. My prayer this day is that we may all remain open to receiving that gift and letting it take root, grow, and bear fruit in our lives.
In Heartfelt Joy,