Friday 28 July 2017

About Today Readings

Day of penance.
Exodus 20:1-17. Psalm 18(19):8-11. Matthew 13:18-23.

Lord, you have the words of everlasting life — Psalm 18(19):8-11.

‘Hear the parable of the sower …’

How do I receive the word of God? So that it has no impact? Or so that its impact is forgotten? Or so that it is choked by the rat-race and its thorny ways? Or do I dare to be sweet-smelling, deep, dark soil? Can I be that good soil that, in God’s good time, produces perfect fruits and flowers?

Humus—that rotting mess of organic scraps—is a source of rich life. And when we read that God humbles himself, we should understand that God becomes, literally, humus. Apparently good for nothing but in its warmth, its receptivity, its self-giving and its honesty, humus turns given seed to abundant harvest. Lord, may I become less and less but, with you, more and more.

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