Saturday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

September 19, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA

Memorial Feast:  Saint Januarius (c.275-+c.305) – Bishop and Martyr, Patron Saint of Naples

First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49

Psalm 56:10-14

Luke 8:4-15

I find it so amazing how the Word of God is a seemingly living and breathing thing.  A seed planted that can be snatched from our hearts by Satan, can grow and then wither or can grow and produce a bountiful crop. 

The Gospel of Saint Luke relates a beautiful parable so descriptive in the picture it creates.  Here we are in the month of September, the end of the growing season, which is a perfect time for us to reflect on Luke’s narrative.  We can all see the results of where seeds were sown, mostly by nature, and how they grew.  The spinners from the maple tree that ended up in the rich soil near other plants flourished – quickly benefiting from the fertilizer and water that the plants received.  Some of the spinners landed in strange places and while they had an early spurt of growth, they soon withered away.  Of course, most of the weeds grew everywhere in all types of soil, sunlight and moisture.  It was just the prized flowers and plants that needed just the right combination of the three.

So it is for us.  That is, it is so easy for the negative aspects of life to grow and thrive and, Satan wins yet again.  Those aspects of behaviors that are most valuable require constant care and cultivation.  The conditions must always be watched and the stray weeds promptly pulled or they soon take over.  Both the Gospel and our own “flower beds” remind us that we must be vigilant if we want the “Seed of the Word” to grow and flourish in our hearts and in our lives. 

Question of the Day:  How will you persist in preparing in growing conditions so the seed you will receive will bear good fruit?

Prayer:  “I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.”  Amen.  (Psalm 56.)


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