The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.

Well, I’m back, refreshed and ready to get back into my “normal” life.  What a beautiful week my wife and I shared with each other and with some very dear friends of ours in Florida last week.  I found it inspiring to come back from our vacation to the readings we had yesterday in Mass – there was a lot of planting and watering going in our readings yesterday.  And that’s a lot of what I did last week – I “watered my garden”.  Sarah and I walked down to the beach on Monday morning; I walked into the ocean and within 30 seconds, I could feel all of the stress in me just wash away.  We spent many hours in the beautiful waters last week (and I’m happy to say – no sun burn – covered up pretty good).  What I was able to do throughout all of the conversations we had was to pray, to listen and to recharge.  The ocean, for me, is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, slow down, relax and as I said, pray and listen. Listen to what?  God.  God has a way of communicating to all of us if we can just slow down long enough to listen.  Was I given any revelations that I can reveal to all of you now?  It’s now how that works.  God needs me and you to slow down at times so He can plant His seeds – His words deep within us…take a look at yesterday’s first reading.

Reading 1 IS 55:10-11

Thus says the LORD:
Just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
and do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
so shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
my word shall not return to me void,
but shall do my will,
achieving the end for which I sent it.

By me slowing down enough last week, I’m hoping God’s seeds, His wisdom, was planted in me and is now growing inside me.  It is my hope and prayer that Christ sows this seed in me so that it too can become fruitful and become bread for me you to eat and share with others.  I needed last week to make my soil the rich soil for the seed to grow in so that when it matures, it will yield a fruitful harvest.

Responsorial Psalm PS 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14

R. (Lk 8:8) The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.
You have visited the land and watered it;
greatly have you enriched it.
God’s watercourses are filled;
you have prepared the grain.
R. The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.
Thus have you prepared the land: drenching its furrows,
breaking up its clods,
Softening it with showers,
blessing its yield.
R. The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.
You have crowned the year with your bounty,
and your paths overflow with a rich harvest;
The untilled meadows overflow with it,
and rejoicing clothes the hills.
R. The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.
The fields are garmented with flocks
and the valleys blanketed with grain.
They shout and sing for joy.
R. The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.

Do something great for our Lord today – slow down, take a break from the hustle and bustle and do some work in the garden.  Prep that soil to make it fertile so that God can plant His seed and Christ can sow it.  The question is, what kind of bread will you be?  I think my kids would say I’m a “sourdough” but I honestly think my sense of humor makes me a “rye” guy.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness,  Compete well for the faith.

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will which is Love and Mercy itself.

 

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