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Friday, July 10, 2020
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
I have always been impressed by people who are relentless in achieving their goals. This may be as commonly witnessed by certain members of your favorite team sport; their drive to get up and try and try again, pressing on to victory. It may as unique as businesses that experience an economic downturn, only to retreat and reinvent themselves toward success yet again.
This weekend, Jesus shares the story of the sower and the seed. The sower in the story is incredibly generous spreading seed everywhere. The fate of each seed is dependent upon the environment in which it lands. Many preachers pay a lot of attention to the environments in which the seeds fall, comparing them to the openness of an individual to receive and allow the seed that God plants to take root in one’s soul.
I prefer to pay attention to the reckless generosity of the sower, who lavishly supplies the seed and relentlessly waits for us to catch up to His generosity and caring.
The first Biblical lesson from the book of the prophet Isaiah, helps us understand the effectiveness of God’s intentions comparing them to the cycle of moisture in nature. “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11).
God will be relentless in trying to get our attention. As it were, God’s seed will be scattered everywhere, knowing that at least some of it will get our attention and begin to achieve the end that God intends. May we be open to receive that relentless attention of God in our lives. Let us find Him even in the dryness of desperation, the aridness of life’s challenges, as well as the joys of recognizing His gifts to us.