July 13th Sunday Gospel Reading and Reflection

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Matthew Chapter 13

The Parable of the Sower. 1 On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.a 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. 3 And he spoke to them at length in parables,* saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, 6and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. 7Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. 8But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. 9Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
This week we hear the parable of the sower.   The disciples ask the
question why does Jesus speak in parables?  Why does he?

Personally, I think it is so we will take the parable and really think about it.
Sometimes if we are just given information it doesn’t stay with us as
much as the information we had to work for. What is the final message
in this parable? That is up to you to find for yourself. However, I
will give you a few things to think about.
FOR REFLECTION:
1. What are the weeds that are choking you and preventing you from
fully growing in the Word and closer to Christ?
2. Is your faith deep and rich like the fertile soil?
3. In order to have fertile soil, you must prepare the soil. It
doesn’t just happen. So I challenge you to think of your life. What
are you doing to prepare yourself to receive the Word and allow it to
grow?  Do you read the Bible or just listen to it when read on Sunday?
Do you know and understand your Catholic faith enough to be able to
explain it to others?  If you don’t know the answer to something do
you search out resources such as the Bible and Catholic teachings in
order to find the truth? or do you just ignore the issue?

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