One of the fondest memories of my Lola Andang is that she always told me to listen and be obedient to my elders. Every time she felt I wasn’t paying attention, she’d always admonished me to listen to her and my superiors. She said that if we don’t listen well, we can end up losing opportunities to grow and become better.
In the Gospel(Mt. 13: 1-23, or 1-9), such large crowds gathered around Jesus, that He got into a boat and sat down while the whole crowd stood along the shore. He spoke to them about the parable of the sower and in order for us not to be like the other seeds, He tells us,
“Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
It’s sad that many people can’t still figure out the importance of the Lord Jesus and the Good News in their lives. They don’t respond to the invitation to a life of joy and happiness when living in obedience to God. They are easily swayed by the temptations of the world,
“…some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some 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 are just stubborn, they don’t even bother to think about it. I remember a long time ago there was a couple-friend who I invited to the CFC Community and they initially responded and joined. They were active for some time but then left because they didn’t fully grasp the meaning of service to the Lord.
God didn’t lack in reminding, there’s a lot of messages and lessons that He has given us and yet, many are still hardheaded and perverse.
How beautiful would it be, if our life is likened to these seeds that fell on rich soil:
“But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”
This Sunday’s Gospel story also reveals that in those times, the Lord got the charisma that attracted huge crowds to Him. What about us, are we drawn to the Lord and His Good News?
In his homily today, Fr. Armand Robleza posed questions to us on a personal level: What do you look for in God? Who is God in your life?
As we are drawn nearer to God, He will use us in order for others to hear the Good News of salvation. As His messengers, our witnessing will be the voice that will make others hear Jesus. There will be distractions, difficulties and challenges. But if we hear what God is telling us, we will embrace God’s will for us, inspired by St. Paul in the Second Reading (Rom. 8: 18 – 23),
“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.”
“Life is a matter of attitude”, Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB said further. The same way that we get to understand the mysteries of life, is the same way that we get to know and understand God.
“Want it, what is clear, brace yourself for it. Prepare yourself for it. Don’t give up. Go for it!When the opportunity comes, grab it! And stay faithful to it.”
Let us pray that the Lord continue to draw and lead us nearer to Him, closer to His most loving, merciful and compassionate Heart.
“The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.” (Lk. 8: 8)