What an awesome Gospel this week! The parable of the sower is a powerful one. The seed is the Word of God. Jesus is thee Word of God. Also, God has transmitted His Word through the Bible and the Catholic Church. So in order to even hear the Word of God, or as Jesus calls it in the parable, the Word of the Kingdom, one must hear read the Bible, spend time in prayer, or read the teachings of the Catholic Church.
As I have mentioned before, I was a fallen away Christian. Then someone challenged me to read two chapters of the Bible a day. It changed my life, literally overnight. I even stopped swearing, a habit I had been trying to get rid of for years. It took me three years, but I finally read the Bible from cover to cover. The Word of God, the Word of the Kingdom, can change your life as well.
Before you read the Bible, before you study the teachings of Christ and the Church, say a small prayer that your soul will be the rich soil, the soil that produces a thirty, sixty, or a hundred fold increase of spiritual fruit.
As I mentioned last weekend, I’m gone this weekend at the Steubenville North Youth Conference in Rochester, MN. Pray the soul of the 1600+ youth, that their souls are the rich soil that the Word of the Kingdom falls upon. Pray that their lives are transformed, that their souls take the shape of the Heart of Christ.
I will be around from Monday to Friday. However, again, as I mentioned before, I will be leaving again on Friday (July 18) to go to Ames to spend some time with my family. Some of them I haven’t seen for over a year. So I’m looking forward to the chance to see everyone. I will return on Friday, July 25th. Over the weekend of July 19-20, Father Pick will again preside at the Masses.
You will be in my prayers.