For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, today's reading below serves as a gentle reminder that there are all kinds of people on different paths with different levels of understanding at any given time on any given subject. There are also various people who You have chosen and who answered Your call to serve those people. There are plenty of modern day spiritually motivated speakers who You have gifted with the ability to speak or write and they all have their audience. No one is better than the next, they just have different audiences. Just as the reading below teaches us, there are various interpretations for each of the Apostles to teach their audience according to their understanding. Thank You for this awareness Father that the various types of soil referred to in the reading represents the diversity of people and their various levels of understanding. We all have someone who we can identify with as our teacher and still others who identify with us as their teacher.
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark
1 On another occasion He 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.
2 And He taught them at length in parables, and in the course of His instruction He said to them,
3 "Hear this! A sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep.
6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots.
7 Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it and it produced no grain.
8 And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold."
9 He added, "Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear."
10 And when He was alone, those present along with the Twelve questioned Him about the parables.
11 He answered them, "The mystery of the kingdom of God has been granted to you. But to those outside everything comes in parables,
12 so that 'they may look and see but not perceive, and hear and listen but not understand, in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven.'"
13 Jesus said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of the parables?
14 The sower sows the Word.
15 These are the ones on the path where the Word is sown. As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once and takes away the Word sown in them.
16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who, when they hear the Word, receive it at once with joy.
17 But they have no root; they last only for a time. Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the Word, they quickly fall away.
18 Those sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the Word,
19 but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the Word, and it bears no fruit.
20 But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the Word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold."
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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