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HOW DOES OUR HEART RECEIVE GOD'S WORD?

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Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

1 Tim. 6:13-16 & Lk. 8:4-15

The importance of perseverance is stressed in today's first reading. Human nature being what it is, we are inclined to become weary and tire of doing good, and would relish some relief from constantly trying. Among people in the modern world perseverance is lacking: they are easily bored, always looking for something new and different, and have little patience in being committed to large or small matters.

There was a time when almost every married couple did their best to make a go of their marriage and shun the thought of divorce. But not anymore. For years people went to Mass on Sunday after Sunday without expecting any variety; now people become easily bored despite efforts to make the Mass more interesting. The same is true of the teachings of Christ: for many people the idea of persevering with them for a whole lifetime is not only undesirable but impossible.

The parable of the sower in today's Gospel was addressed to a large crowd which heard Jesus in many different ways, depending in part on what each person wanted to hear, for all were at different stages of development. The seed that was sown was the same for all, capable of germination and growth. Some seed bore fruit to its full capacity but not all was plentiful – and some did not bear any fruit at all. The harvest depended on the type of soil.

At this very moment we are hearing God's word. The seed is being sown in our hearts. If you have been hardened because of past hurts or personal sins, or may not want to have anything to do with God’s word right now, your seed has landed on the footpath.

If you may have some inclination to turn to Jesus wholeheartedly, but after a brief and weak effort you lose interest, your seed is on the rocky ground. If you have too many other interests on your mind at this time your seed is in the briers.

But if you are open to the Lord and want to grow in His love the 'good soil' is yours. By openly inviting the Lord into your hearts God enables You to be both happy and productive.

Lord Jesus, whenever Your word is spoken may I welcome it wholeheartedly, and may it bear abundant fruit in my life.

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