Feast of St. Apollinaris

Jer. 1:1, 4 – 10 | Ps. 71:1-6, 15, 17 | Mt. 13:1-9

Jeremiah recalls how God spoke to him telling him that before he was born, God knew him and consecrated him.  God also tells him that he will be with him and tell him what to say and do.

Jesus is likewise telling us that God has sewn the seeds of life in each of us.  We are the soil in which the seed is planted.  Depending on the type of soil we have, that is, how we have prepared ourselves, the result will come forth.  Good seed planted in good soil will bring forth fruit, some:  one hundred fold, some sixty, some thirty.  Anyone who has ever planted flowers or vegetables knows that unless the soil is fertile and watered, not very much happens.

How have you tended the soil of your soul?  Have you watered it with the Word of God?  Have you fertilized it by spending time with God in prayer?  Allow yourself time today to listen intently to the words spoken by God to Jeramiah.  Replace Jeremiah’s name with your own.  “ ______ before I formed you in the womb I knew you and before you were born, I consecrated you.”  How will you respond? 

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