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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

July 26, 2006

For Wednesday of the Sixteenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 13:1-9

Elsewhere in his Gospel our Lord explains this parable.
He calls the seed the Word, the Word of the Kingdom, the Word of God.
He explains that we are the exposed earthen pathway, or the sterile rock, the choking thorn-patch or the good soil.
If we are good soil, then when the Lord’s gracious word comes to us, he says we hear it, understand it, accept it, hold it firm in honesty, goodness and patience, and we bear fruit thirty-fold, sixty-fold or even a hundredfold.
We might not be good soil right now, but that does not mean we won’t ever be good soil.
So today the Lord warns us of some dangers to outgrow or avoid.
The first danger is the exposed pathway.
The Lord says here we fail to understand the Word, and the devil immediately snatches it away from our hearts so that we won’t believe and be saved.
Against this danger, we must beseech the Spirit of Wisdom and Holiness to enlighten our hearts and protect us from the evil one.
We must be attentive and we must study.
The second danger is the sterile rock.
In this case we hear and receive the
Word with joy.
However, we are too shallow and hard, and we give no place for the Word to sink its roots into us.
So, as the Lord tells us, we fall away from his Word as soon as we have any tribulation, persecution or temptation.
Against this danger, recourse to prayer must also sustain us.
Prayer needs the help of fasting, penance and almsgiving.
The third danger is the choking thorn-patch.
Its effect is the same as the sterile rock.
However, whereas the sterile rock fails because of suffering and trial, the thorn-patch fails because of pleasure.
The Lord tells us that here we let the cares, riches and pleasures of life in the world choke off the growth of his Word in us.
Against this danger also we must pray, fast, do penance and give alms.
By charitable, sacrificial generosity, penance, fasting and prayer, we plow and soften the fields of our lives for the saving Word and Mystery of Christ.
In this way, together with him who is Divine Grace Incarnate and Risen, the Flesh and Blood Bearer of the Holy Spirit, we can bear fruit thirty-fold, sixty-fold or a hundredfold for the glory and honor of our almighty Father and for the good of the whole world.
May it be so forever and ever.

That God Be Glorified in All


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father, where is your reflection for Thursday? Your faithful reader

7:59 AM  

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