Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 24, 2009

Gospel reading of the day:

jesus-distressed-wood-iconMatthew 13:18-23

Jesus said to his disciples: “Hear the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom without understanding it, and the Evil One comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus makes clear in his explanation of the parable of the sower of the seed that the fate of the seed lies at the core of the parable’s meaning. As the sower spreads the seed, it falls in four different places. When the seed falls on the path, the birds descend and eat it. Jesus explains to his disciples that this seed comes to naught because Satan, represented by the birds, swiftly destroys it. The passage suggests many of us reject Jesus because the Devil intervenes against the word before we can act upon it. When the seed falls on rocky ground, it fails to lay down deep roots and withers quickly under the sun. Jesus suggests that the fate of this seed points to those of us who at first hear the word with enthusiasm but who, when tried, quickly fall away. This section provides us with a negative model to assess our own faithfulness in the face of trials. When the seed falls among the thorn bushes, it does well until the thorns rise up and choke it. The allegory suggests that many of us receive the word only to succumb to the lure of wealth and other passions. As Jesus instructs his disciples, many hazards can prevent the word’s taking root in our lives.

Just as the parable of the sower relates three failures, it also recounts a tremendous success. The seed that falls on good ground points to those of us who hear the word, welcome it, and bear fruit, “a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” Even by modern agrarian methods, the harvest of this seed is astounding, suggesting the extravagant goodness of God in return for a positive answer to the word. The parable then assures us that despite unavoidable failures by some people, in a secret, mysterious, and paradoxical way, the gospel achieves astonishing and continual success in bringing people to God.

Saint of the day: Born in about 1544 in England, John Boste was educated at Queen’s College, Oxford from 1569 to 1572. He was a Fellow at Queen’s College. The Tower of LondonHe converted to Catholicism in 1576 at Suffolk, England, resigned his position at Oxford, and studied in Reims in 1580. He was ordained on March 4, 1581 and returned to England the following month as a missionary to the northern counties, often disguised as a servant in the livery costume of Lord Montacute. He assisted in his mission by Blessed John Speed and became the object of an intense manhunt.

John Boste was betrayed by Francis Ecclesfield near Durham on July 5, 1593 at the home of one William Claxton, and arrested. He was sent to the Tower of London where he was crippled by being tortured on the rack. Sent to Durham in July 1594, he was tried for the treason of being a priest. One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, he died by being hanged, drawn, and quartered on July 24, 1594 at Dryburn near Durham, England.

NightCrossingSpiritual reading: Divine action is always new and fresh, it never retraces its steps, but always finds new routes. When we are led by this action, we have no idea where we are going, for the paths we tread cannot be discovered from books or by any of our thoughts. But these paths are always opened in front of us and we are impelled along them. Imagine we are in a strange district at night and are crossing fields unmarked by any path, but we have a guide. He asks no advice nor tells us of his plans. So what can we do except trust him? (Abandonment to Divine Providence by Pére Jean-Pierre de Caussade, S.J.)

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  1. Susi Fiio said, on January 14, 2010 at 11:14 am

    the videos and the text are very good. the video amazing love is very hard , good.

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