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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 23 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jeremiah 3:14-17
Jeremiah 31:10-13
Matthew 13:18-23

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The One Who Hears the Word and Understands It, Will Bear Much Fruit.
(see Matthew 13:23)

Faith is a gift from God, as necessary as the air we breathe; for in addition to our physical life, He has made us in His image by giving us a human spirit through which He silently communicates His love and truth to us.

Some dismiss this; for unbelief has deafened and blinded them to God. Others are so comfortable in sin that their only concern is satisfying their desires. A third group performs all the visible signs of faith, but has neither heart knowledge nor a true love for Christ that develops in those who have a prayerful relationship with Him. The latter are open to receive His gift of Faith, which is a deep-seated, totally trusting belief in God's Word and in His love for all humanity.

These humble, steadfast people live quietly, but they unwittingly provide this world with a strong witness that God, in Christ, is present on earth and ever offering us His graces through His Spirit of love and truth. Jeremiah refers to these as faithful shepherds who will help unite and guide God's people to live in a spiritual covenant that will one day symbolize their nation as a divine throne attracting all the world's nations.

Christ's parable of the "sower" refers to those sent by God to sow His "Seed," to inspire faith in His holy Word by generously casting it upon the minds and hearts of all those in the land. But the seed's growth depends on the "ground" in which it falls.

For example, if the seed falls on an insensitive, foot-hardened path, it will lie there to be stolen by the evil one. Rocky ground may joyfully receive the seed but it lacks sufficient soil to allow the seed to develop strong roots, and the plant dies for lack of nourishment. The seed sown among thorns is suffocated by worldly concerns; earning riches is more exciting than waiting for God's gifts.

Only a rich, yielding, receptive soil will understand what the precious seeds will bring forth, and it gives itself to promoting a large and nourishing crop. It is man who determines the goodness and the growth of God's life in this world.

O Father God,
open our eyes to the splendor of this world and the wonder of human life, that through a growing faith we will cherish God's people and His gifts to us. Amen.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Bridget of Sweden

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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