FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Third Wednesday of Ordinary Time
29 January 2020
WORD of the DAY
On another occasion he began to teach by the sea. A very large crowd gathered around him so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down. And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land. And he taught them at length in parables. (Mark 4: 1-2)
How shall I live this Word?
Mark the evangelist takes a snapshot: sitting on a boat, Jesus teaches the crowd; there are many people around to listen to Him. The Teacher speaks in parables. He uses known and visual things of life to explain the invisible and unknown things of the Kingdom. God draws near even with the use of simple, concrete terms and the people of Galilee understand when it comes to seeds, soil, rain, sun, salt, flowers, fish, crops, etc.
The parable of the sower is a portrait of the life of the farmers. At that time, it was not easy to live by farming. The soil was full of stones and many shrubs. There was little rain and a lot of sun. In addition, many times to shorten distances, people would pass through the fields and trample on the plants. Despite this, every year the farmer sowed and planted, confident in the strength of the seed, in the generosity of nature. Jesus is easily identifiable with the good sower who does not desist from sowing His seed of life. It is up to us to place our heart in an attitude of listening. Only in this way can we be fertile ground where the fruit of a good life can grow.
Today, I will pray the simple prayer of a child on the day of her First Communion. Jesus, help me to become good soil!
The voice of Cardinal Maria Martini
I believe that a simple and practical way to help people to imbue themselves with the contemplative attitude is to exercise lectio divina, that is, the habit of listening reverently to the Word of God, of God who guides me, and my happiness is in abandoning myself to His hands so that my joy will be nourished by His Word of life.
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