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Today's Gospel: Luke 8:4-15
How many times have you had to repeat something you’ve said to your husband, children, or someone else in your charge? Is this the fortieth or fiftieth time you’ve asked the kids to hang up their jackets? Wasn’t your husband listening when you told him how upset you were over the misunderstanding you had with your friend? Or, how many times have you had to go back to someone and apologize for forgetting something they told you? Is this the sixth or seventh time you accidentally stood your sister up for a coffee date? If you’re like me, the number is so high that it’s impossible to count. Either scenario can be extremely frustrating and sometimes even distressing.
I often wonder how it is for our Lord when He tells us something – through inspiration, Scripture, or His human instruments – and within a short time we forget it completely. Does it frustrate or distress Him? No doubt it causes Him some pain. His longing is for us to join Him in heaven for all Eternity. When we don’t follow through on what He’s told us, we put our salvation in danger. We’re like the men who sowed their seed on the edge of the path, on rock, or in the thorns. The seeds never come to fruition. If we don’t take Jesus’ words deeply to heart, they don’t come to fruition, either.
Jesus wants us to be like the man who sowed his seed on rich soil, taking in his word, loving it, and living it fully and diligently. Because he is ever-merciful, he gladly forgives us when we ask, “I’m sorry, Lord, can you please tell me that again?” For as many times as we forget, He’s willing to remind us. His patience is endless.
How do I react when someone forgets what I've told them? Or when I forget something someone else has told me?
Jesus, I'm so often like the man who sowed seed on rocky soil. Please, change my heart and make me like the man who sowed seed on rich soil.
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Marge Steinhage Fenelon is a wife, mother, award-winning author and journalist, retreat leader, internationally-know speaker, podcaster, and Catholic media personality. She's author of the best-selling Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena, award-winning My Queen, My Mother: A Marian Pilgrimage Across America, Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace and other books on Marian devotion and Catholic spirituality. Learn more at MargeFenelon.com.