Father Csaba’s reflection on today’s gospel….
Friday 28 July 2017
"As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but rthe cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” Matthew 13, 21
Weeding, hoeing should not only be done in the fields, but in our own lives as well ! The wise ploughman knows how close should be the corn and other plants in order to maximise the crop and no matter how beautiful the cornflower or the poppy is , a good farmer will resolutely cut out , even without sparing the intended crop that grows unmanageably but will hoe it out with the weed! A spiritual person is aware that one not only has to make a choice between good and bad , but often even between good and good , because our time is finite and paying attention to the will of our God we have to choose the task , that we feel is ours and we have to bring that to a satisfactory conclusion ! Yes the wise man knowingly focuses his time , energy just like a lense the rays of light , concentrates as to what his duty is , what are God’s expectations of him, and everything else he regards as a dangerous “thorn” in his life and cuts it out it from it !
I really like it as our Lord clearly proclaims that the "deceitful riches choke” the growth of the God given holy grain of wheat in our lives ! The wise tourist removes all that is unnecessary from his backpack before a long journey, so that he does not have to carry them . We also have to wisely look at our lives, possessions but even our relationships and the”superfluous thorns” choking our lives , tasks, people and let go of them without a second thought!
translated by dr k.e.
The Parable of the Sower Explained
18 k“Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of lthe kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.2 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but rthe cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case va hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
Matthew 13, 18-23