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