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SOIL AND SOUL

Posted on Jul 14, 2017

15th Week in Ordinary Time              

Week of July 16 - No RCIA Session

 

SUNDAY'S READINGS
Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14
Romans 8:18-23
Matthew 13:1-23

 "Thus says the Lord: Just as the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth...so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it will not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it."     cf. Isaiah 55:10-11

"On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.  Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore."   cf. Matthew 13:1-23

 

SCHEDULE:  RCIA will begin again on Thursday Evenings starting August 17, 7:00-9:00 pm

  • If you are interested in learning more or getting started in RCIA, please do not feel you have to wait until August:  just contact Anne Corcoran (for adults) or Daniel Neri (for families).   Call 317-253-2193 and ask for Anne or Daniel.  Or email

 

PRACTICE THE FAITH: Getting to Know Jesus

  • Read Chapter 1 of the USCCA
  • Several times this week, sit in silence with this Sunday's readings: do you find that they are as important on Wednesday as they were on Sunday?  What words most nourish your soul?  What is the "soil of your heart"?  How could you begin to make room for God in your heart, your hopes, your life?

 

REFLECTION: Not just "the soil" of our own hearts...

 Today's first reading from the prophet Isaiah delivers a message from God.  God tells Isaiah to let us know that God speaks to us, and that the Father's Word will be like snow and rain that go forth from God to water the earth and make it fruitful.  His Word will bear fruit - whether anyone notices or not.  

Read this passage two or three times more, slowly.  Imagine Jesus as God's greatest and final Word.  How does the whole world "flower and bear fruit" because of the saving work of Jesus, even today? 

Today's Gospel reading from St. Matthew shows how hungry the people are for Jesus.  They follow him in such large crowds that he finally gets into a boat to teach them.  Nothing discourages them.  They seem to hang on his every word.  He then gives them a parable about the openness of their hearts - about a farmer who prepares the soil for the seed.  Wherever the soil is good, ready to receive the seed, the seed blossoms.  This parable itself describes how Jesus' words and Jesus' very life are falling on the hearts of his listeners as he speaks to them.  Though the Word falls on every heart just as the rain and snow fall and water the entire earth, not all will blossom and bear fruit.

Often our reflections are about the READINESS of our OWN HEARTS to receive Jesus Himself.  This week, begin with your daily reflection by asking the Spirit to make your heart ready so that you can receive Jesus.  But then, ask the Spirit to help you love others around you in a way that helps their hearts to soften and open to God's love: ask yourself what the people around you need to know Jesus, to understand how great God's love is for them.  Simply by stopping to ask this question, you will begin to be a partner with the Holy Spirit, so that more hearts even than your own will be opened, and all may begin to drink of the Living Water which God gives to us, now and for all eternity.

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