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The good news for the day January 25, 2017

Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time (319)

On another occasion, Jesus began to teach along the seashore. A very large segment of the public gathered around him; he had to use a boat on the sea to teach from. The whole crowd was on the shore. And he taught them for some time with stories and examples. In the course of his teaching he said to them, “Listen up! A sower went out to sow. As he went along sowing, some seed fell on the beaten path—birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground with little soil. It sprang up quickly because soil was not deep. And when the sun came up, the little plants got scorched and died for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns flourished, and choked the little plants which produced no grain. And some seed fell on rich soil and produced crops. The seed emerged, and grew, and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.” (Mark 4)

Detective stories often develop because the “detecting” person notices something other people do not. Adults know that what you see depends on what you are expecting or looking for—one person sees the charm of the little cottages along the lake, another person standing beside her sees the poverty and squalor of the little cottages along the lake. When we open our eyes in the morning, when we suddenly notice sounds and music—it is always selective—we hear airplanes—and sometimes we do not.

So—what is the point—that these words are asking you to hear? You and I hear what we listen for—and it gets planted deep—or we let it drift away in the wind. Do you hear creation—its voice? Creation around you—your world—is more important than what you bring to it. Your surroundings are seeds—for deepening and growing your life, offering you life more than your prejudices and expectations.; it is calling out to you to grow.

The seed is not just the Gospel’s verbal “word of God”! God speaks in your neighbor, in people’s unspoken hunger for love—that is the voice of God here, now. Listen—accept—that “seed.” See the Fruits of the Spirit.

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