Saturday, September 22, 2012

“With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. ”

"All saints began their conversion by prayer, and through prayer they persevered. All the damned were lost because they neglected prayer.” ~ St. John Vianney

(Gospel Text: Lk 8:4-15)
When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another
journeying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable.
"A sower went out to sow his seed.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled,
and the birds of the sky ate it up.
Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew,
it withered for lack of moisture.
Some seed fell among thorns,
and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew,
it produced fruit a hundredfold."
After saying this, he called out,
"Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear."

Then his disciples asked him
what the meaning of this parable might be.
He answered,
"Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God
has been granted to you;
but to the rest, they are made known through parables
so that they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.

"This is the meaning of the parable.
The seed is the word of God.
Those on the path are the ones who have heard,
but the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts
that they may not believe and be saved.
Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear,
receive the word with joy, but they have no root;
they believe only for a time and fall away in time of temptation.
As for the seed that fell among thorns,
they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along,
they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life,
and they fail to produce mature fruit.
But as for the seed that fell on rich soil,
they are the ones who, when they have heard the word,
embrace it with a generous and good heart,
and bear fruit through perseverance."

"What kind of ground am I?" The answer is usually: "All grounds."

Many of us ignore some of the seed of divine revelation, give lip service to some of the Lord's revelations, and yet bear fruit by taking some aspects of God's word to heart.

Over time, our grounds become increasingly good or increasingly bad. We receive God's word more and more or less and less (see Lk 8:18). Each of us is in the process of becoming one kind of ground.

Which ground will you be?

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