Today is a gift

Readings for Wednesday January 27, 2010

First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:4-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 89
Gospel: Mark 4:1-20

On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea. A very large crowd gathered around him so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down. And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land. And he taught them at length in parables, and in the course of his instruction he said to them, “Hear this! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it and it produced no grain. And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear." (Mk 4:1-8)

Today is a gift. Today is an opportunity for us to grow in faith, hope, and love. If we are willing to let God in there isn't anything that He cannot do. Each and every day is a gift from God, a chance to grow into the men and women that God created us to be. The Lord wants us to experience joy and happiness here on earth, and this can only be done by following Him; and if we are willing to follow Him in this life, we will be rewarded with eternal life in heaven ... what a gift.

In today's parable, we here about the fates of different kinds of seeds. God has given us the gift of our lives, and the gift of each and every day. Let us pray that we may be like the seed that fall on good soil, that our life might bear fruit and have great meaning. Let us pray that we will have a strong foundation of faith and that our roots might run deep. Let us depend on God for light and nourishment, so that we may grow by the things that we needs. May the Lord protect us from the evil one, and may we not be be distracted or give in to the anxieties and temptations of this world. May we always rest in good soil, depending on the Lord and being fruitful in this life.

Today is a gift, may we never waste a single day, and may each day in our lives always bear fruit for His glory!

Father above, we thank you and praise you for the gift of this day. Lord, thank you for all that you give us and for all that you do. Lord, we fall so short in our lives, help us to never give up and to never lose hope. With you anything is possible, help us to live courageously and never forgetting this fact. We pray for all of those in need of conversion and for all those who do not know you, may they be brought to your love and mercy. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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