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Jul 24, 2024

Matthew 13: 1-9

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying:

“Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Jul 24, 2024

Taking Root

Three summers ago, my sister was visiting me in Alaska and planted a day lily in our wild garden in memory of our beautiful friend Betty.

Imagine my disappointment after the first summer, and then the next summer, when the plant did not bloom again. Had I done something wrong? Accidentally weeded it out, maybe?

But this year was different. I noticed the lily leaves immediately in the spring and excitedly sent pictures to my sister. Three long years after it was planted, it had finally taken root.

If you’ve ever attempted to grow anything, then you know it takes time. Patience. A willingness to let the seed be buried in the darkness of soil for however long it needs in order to be able to push up above the surface.

Let us trust God’s perfect timing and be patient with ourselves in order to allow the Word to take root.

Kristy Parrish is the former elementary school principal at Catholic Schools of Fairbanks in Fairbanks, Alaska. 

Jul 24, 2024

Prayer

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

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