Friday, July 27, 2007

Gospel, Friday July 27th, 2007


Mt 13,18-23.


"Hear then the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold."


Commentary of the day Saint Padre Pio of Pietralcina (1887-1968), Capuchin Ep 3: 579; CE 54


To bear fruit, free from worldly anxiety Advance with simplicity on the pathways of God, and do not worry. Hate your defects, yes, but quietly, without excitement, nor anxiety. It is necessary to be patient with them and to benefit from them through holy humility. For if you lack of patience, your imperfections, instead of disappearing, will only grow. Because there is nothing which strengthens our defects as much anxiety and obsession to be rid of them. Cultivate your vineyard together with Jesus. To you the task of removing stones and pulling up brambles. To Jesus, that of sowing, planting, cultivating and watering. But even in your work, it is still him who acts. Because without Christ, you could do nothing whatsoever.

4 comments:

Winnipeg Catholic said...

A beautiful passage to be sure. I am enjoying your blog. Keep it up!

B

Dune Messiah said...

Whats going on Port, sunny day today but the rain is supposed to be back... say hello to the family.

portinexile said...

Winnipeg - It's more a compilation of things I read that I want to share than a real blog, but I'm glad you're enjoying it. I like your blog too and have just linked to it. Peace, Kevin

portinexile said...

Alex - I left a comment on your blog yesterday. Give me a call when you get a chance...