10 July 2011
Today’s Readings: Is 55:10-11/Rom 8:18-23/Mt 13:1-23 or 13:1-9
The Gospel presents the parable of the soil which represents people with different responses and attitudes towards the Word of God. Those who are like the pathway reject the Word upon hearing it. Those who are like the rocky and thorny soil receive the Word happily or with enthusiasm when they hear it but later on lose the Word because of problems and other distractions like material wealth, power, fame. Those who are like the good soil accept the Word upon hearing it, ponder and pray about it and then practice it in their lives every day.
Christians are reminded about the things that can hinder or even stop them from living the Word of God. Experience tells us that all types of soil could be present in each of us, that is, we are usually not consistently faithful to the Word. Let us instill in our minds and hearts that we Christians must become good soils that accept, pray, and live the Word of the Lord.