My two weekly chemotherapy clinic was today. Bloods were fine and I got the treatment.
This is today’s gospel followed by Bishops’ website commentary.
Gospel Acclamation Jms 1:21
Accept and submit to the word, which has been planted in you
and can save your souls.
Gospel Matt 13:18 -23
The man who hears the word and understands it, he is the one who yields the harvest.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You are to hear the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom without understanding, the evil one comes and carries off what was sown in his heart: this is the man who received the seed on the edge of the path. The one who received it on patches of rock is the man who hears the word and welcomes it at once with joy. But he has no root in him, he does not last; let some trial come, or some persecution on account of the word, and he falls away at once. The one who received the seed in thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this world and the lure of riches choke the word and so he produces nothing. And the one who received the seed in rich soil is the man who hears the word and understands it; he is the one who yields a harvest and produces now a hundredfold, now sixty, now thirty.’
The Gospel of the Lord
Gospel Reflection 28th July, Friday, Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 13:18-23
Today’s gospel reading presents a realistic picture of the various obstacles that can hinder us from hearing the word of the Lord in a way that bears fruit in our lives. The first obstacle mentioned is lack of understanding. We do need some understanding of the word that we hear. We don’t necessarily need to do all kinds of courses, but we need some sense of who Jesus is if we are to hear his word with appreciation. The second obstacle mentioned is the lack of roots. Sometimes we do not allow the word we hear to enter into us deeply enough. We have a superficial acquaintance with the word, but we don’t PONDER it sufficiently for it to take real root in us. What isn’t rooted in us can easily be abandoned when it begins to cost us something. The third obstacle is referred to in a double way as the worries of this world and the lure of riches; they can be understood together as worry over worldly success and wealth. We cannot serve God and Mammon; if we try to serve Mammon, the Lord’s word gets choked. The gospel reading suggests that hearing the Lord’s word in a way that bears fruit in our lives won’t happen automatically. There is a struggle involved; there are obstacles to be overcome. That is why Jesus taught us to pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil’. However, the Lord is stronger than any obstacle we might face, and if we open our hearts to his Spirit, to his grace, we will conquer the obstacles and our lives will be fruitful in the way that God desires for us.
The Gospel reflection comes from WEEKDAY REFLECTIONS: To know the love of Christ 2016/2017 by Martin Hogan published by The Messenger c/f www.messenger.ie