Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Reflection: Matthew 13:1-9

Wednesday of the 16th Week of Ordinary Time – Matthew 13:1-9

Today Jesus and the disciples are on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  Jesus was teaching the people in the form of a parable.  He told his listeners the Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds.  This is a very familiar parable to us.  However, this parable was new to His listeners.  They asked Jesus: “Why do you use stories when you teach the people”?  

Now pause a moment and think back to your childhood.  What was your favorite story when you were young?  What was it about the story that captured your imagination?  Most stories have a message.  What was the message you learned from your favorite story? 

Today I invite you to sit an ponder the personal story that Jesus is telling you in this Gospel reading.  He has a specific message for you today.  It may be about your weeds.  However, it also may be a loving and tender message.   Sit quietly for a time and allow your message from Jesus to emerge from the silence. 

Be expectant!  The message that you receive will be for you alone.  Cherish Jesus’ presence with you.  Open your heart to His love for you.  Enjoy being in Jesus’ presence, in the presence of pure love.  For what more could we ask?

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