THE GOOD SOIL


FRIDAY, 24th July, 2015 – St. Sharbel Makhluf, P (opt. mem)

THE GOOD SOIL

Matthew 13:18-23

The most common way many young Christians have failed to hear God speak to them is by their conclusion that God never speaks. They have cultivated a heart of resistance and a closed mind to the voice of their creator. In fact, they are not eager, not open and not ready to listen to him. Just like St. Paul said in his second letter to Timothy: “they will hold to the outward form of religion, but reject its real power” 2 Tim.3:5.

Beloved in Christ, today’s reading reveals some classical illustrations of how we might be neglecting God’s voice through which He communicates His plan for our lives. Our hearts must be open and receptive to the word of God if it is to bear fruit in us. We must treat the word of God just like a bride who anxiously expects her lovely groom to come home after an important trip just a week after their wedding. It must take precedence over every other thing. This is the good soil that joyfully awaits a seed to be cultivated in it. It is certain of good fruits.

Are you always in a hurry when you pray? Are you always distracted and worried even when you are communing with God in prayer? Do you have a quiet time that secludes you with God? We can become better in our walk with God if we insist on hearing his voice. An intimate personal relationship with God would make us a good soil which is suitable for his glory. Let us appreciate the gift of God’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament and go to him for a conversion. Sometimes, we just need to listen and not offer any word of request when privileged to enter God’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament. It is a gradual growth which requires a longing and eager heart.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, make my heart a fertile soil for your word. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 20 How can we respond to God when he speaks to us?

To respond to God means to believe him… In many ways God seeks contact with us. In every human encounter, in every moving experience of nature, in every apparent coincidence, in every challenge, every challenge, there is a hidden message from God to us.

HIDE A TREASURE: “My sheep listens to my voice; I know them and they follow me”   John 10:27 GNB

Today’s Readings: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:8-11; Matt. 13:18-23

TREASURE WHAT YOU HAVE

Friday 21st March – Friday of the 2nd week of Lent

Reflection: Matthew 21: 33-46

TREASURE WHAT YOU HAVE

In this parable, the vineyard is the kingdom of God; the Jews, God’s chosen people are the tenants. God entrusted His kingdom to them. He guided them throughout the long span of history that they would be an example to others. They were to communicate their experience to others so that all would develop justice, and a spirit of responsibility. These were the fruits God wanted to harvest. God sent his prophets to remind them of their debts; but they ignored them. Finally, the only Son of God appeared as man but they cast Him out and killed Him. Consequently, the Kingdom was taken from them and given to others, those believers converted from other nations. Thus, through their disobedience the mercy of God came to the pagan nations (Romans11:11-33).

We too as Christians have been entrusted with time, talents and treasures by God; He has given us the grace to dress the vineyard of our life with all He has blessed us with. He has given us all these to use for the betterment of our own lives and to help others. God has given us strength, vitality and ideas as youths to better our life, our environment and the world at large. Dear Friends, today God is reminding us of this duty, He is calling us bear fruits. He is calling us to recognize the resources He has entrusted to us and to value them. Can you recognize the talents God has given you? Can you recognize the grace God has given you to serve him in various capacities? How faithful are you with those God has placed under your care?

Remember, what we have is a gift from God, what we do with them is our own gift to God. What kind of gift are you offering back to God?

PRAYER: Lord, help me to recognize my treasures and to use them for your glory. Amen

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 203 – What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is the Sacrament that completes Baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us. Anyone who freely decides to live a life as God’s child and asks for God’s Spirit under the signs of the imposition of hands and anointing with chrism receives the strength to witness to God’s love and might in word and deed. He is now a full-fledged, responsible member of the Catholic Church.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire” Matthew 7:19 CCB

Readings for today: Genesis 37:3-4, 12-28, Psalm 105:16-21; Matthew 21: 33- 46