The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
“A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
Reflection (Sem.Tommy Lira):
The Gospel today invites us to listen. If we want the seed that God planted in us to bear good fruit then we have to listen. It is in listening that we become sensitive to the needs of one another. It is in listening that invites us to make opportunity to do good. Maybe doing good for somebody who can never repay us or perhaps as simple as sharing a smile can make a difference in somebody’s life today.
Many times in our lives we try to feed our human desires. We forget to listen what is beneficial; we abhor what we feel is not comfortable; we complain and start feeding our bad habits and more so, we tempt ourselves with what is not legal, ethical and moral. In doing so, we become unproductive. It is wasting time and energy. But we should not live on this low level. The truth is, we could still have difficulties but if we strive to listen and make a change, we will notice a marked difference in our energy. That initial pain of change, in the long run, we will enjoy life a lot more better and living a much higher level because we are a good listener.
A good listener is a person who discovers and understands that it is not enough that we break free from our negative traits, from the things that will hamper our spiritual growth but rather we must replace that bad habits to what God is calling us to be: a seed that brought forth grain a hundredfold.