Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Reflection: Mark 4:1-20

Third Week in Ordinary Time – Mark 4:1-20

Today’s Gospel opens with Jesus being on the shore of the sea. He is teaching and many people have gathered to hear Him preach. The crowd kept growing so Jesus gets into a boat and continues to teach the people from the boat. Can you imagine that scene? Wouldn’t you love to hear Jesus preach and teach? What a wonderful opportunity and gift!

Today Jesus does teach us as He tells the parable of the sower and the seed. Most of us could tell this parable as it is very familiar to us. We know that even though Jesus is talking about the earth and how seeds grow, we know that primarily Jesus is talking about how we respond to His word. Ask yourself, is Jesus’ word falling on the hardened, rocky earth of your heart? Has His Word been “eaten up” by busyness or numbness? Or has Jesus’ word fallen into your open heart and open mind? Today is a good time to examine our “inner earth!” What will we find?

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