Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Today’s reflection gives us the opportunity to personally examine the state of our hearts. It is very possible to feel that our hearts qualify for good soil as presented in the scriptures; whereas it does not at all. Many a time, the emphasis given to the Parable of the Sower is explained by the different types of the soil. But today we are challenged to examine the different soils in a view to eliminating what may be causing your soil not to bear good fruits. It is worthy to note that a man’s reception of God’s Word is determined by the condition of his heart. It is worthwhile to know that good soil or the good state of the heart is not achieved instantly; we constantly need to do away with those things that make it hard and thorny. It is very possible to have a heart that is fertile to the word of God and suddenly the state of the heart changes. We are challenged also today, to make conscious effort to understand the various ways the evil one comes to snatch the Word from us even we are experiencing and operating on a good soil. We must understand the role that lack of in-depth knowledge of the Word of God plays in hampering us to flow smoothly with God. We must understand the role that persecution and troubles of life play in suffocating the Word or how the life of outward ablutions and inward materialism is constantly choking the Word. It is in this regard that Pope Francis encourages us thus: “In the parable, Jesus performs, as it were, a ‘spiritual x-ray’ of our heart, which is the soil on which the seed of His Word falls.” The Pope continued. “Our heart, like the soil, can be good and then the Word bears fruit—and so much—but it can also be hard, impermeable. Let us find the courage to make a good soil remediation, a good remediation of our heart, bringing to the Lord in confession and prayer, our stones and our brambles. Thus Jesus, the Good Sower, will be happy to carry out an additional work: to purify our heart, removing the stones and thorns that choke the Word.”
Thomas a’ Kempis admonishes us thus: “All Holy Scripture ought to be read with that spirit with which it was made.” Do not let any condition affect the state of your heart to receive, treasure and dwell in the Word of God. The word of God in your life is the life of God in your life, do not let it be snatched by the devil.
1Kgs 21:1-16; Ps 5:2-3.5-6.7 (R.2b); Accl Ps 119:105; Gosp Mt 5:38-42 WEEKDAY
Prayer Point:
1. O Lord, restore my desire to study Your Word with understanding. Take the Prayer of St. Padre Pio, “Stay with Me Lord”
Exercise: Join the (DSPN) every Tuesday early morning prayer session. (TIME: 1.00 am to 2.00 am) Venue: Your Private Prayer Chamber.
DSPN Prayer Points
1. Welcome to the sixth night our strategic prayer of pulling Jericho walls. Decree in the name of Jesus that your life after these nights of strategic prayers, every Jericho wall physically or spiritually shall be no more in the Mighty name of Jesus Christ.
2. Take the Rosary of Liberation in DSD prayer section
Meditation: Colossians 3:16.