Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 17, A.D. 2005
Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Whoever has ears ought to hear"(Matthew 13:43)
The Word, Jesus Himself, speaks in parables to the yet unproven and so
"undiscerned" hearers, while clarifying His Word for His devoted disciples.
He distinguishes good from bad seed, wheat from weeds, and children of the
kingdom from children of the evil one, by the fruits each produces."Whoever
has ears ought to hear,"Jesus advises.
The one who sleeps, closes his eyes to the Light of goodness and fails to
see the evil being sown in the quiet darkness of sin. Jesus also warns,
"Avoid causing others to sin and doing evil or suffer eternal separation
from God in the fiery furnace of wailing and grinding of teeth."
He generously reminds us instead to be good wheat that when leavened expands
to become greater than the kernel from which it grew. We are to become a
refuge and comfort through growing in goodness before God from the tiniest
seeds of faith He has sown.
sow your good seed within us
and then grace us to cultivate this attentively,
lest we become as one who sleeps,
susceptible to the weeds sown by the evil one
that may choke out the good life within.
- Mary Williams
Lives of the saints:
The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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