Scripture reflections – Sunday July 10th 2011

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 55:10-11; Rom 8:18-23; Mt 13:1-23

What kind of person are you – Path? Rocky soil? Thorns and weeds?  Good soil? A bit of all four?

That’s a question Jesus – via Mark’s gospel- asks us to think about this week.  No need to dwell on the first option because if you’re reading this – unless you mistakenly thought that this blog was an oddly named porn website – you’re not a path person.  Path people have no sense of the spiritual – no real sense that there is anything important outside of themselves actually.  They scoff at the works of God and the works of human beings.

Rocky soil and thorn/weed people recognize  the presence of God in the world and their lives.  They know what the right thing to do is most of the time and they really want to do it.  But their (our?) commitment wavers. They (We?) get distracted by the need to make a living or material wealth or the need to be popular. They  (we?) neglect the good and beautiful things and people in their lives or fail to take the time and make the effort to feed their (our?) better angels.

If you’re a soil person – God bless you.  More than anything else, the good soil person is open to the movement of the Spirit.  There are no obstacles in this life – no rocks thorns or weeds to trip him/her up as he/she follows the path God unfolds before them.

So, here’s to the good soil folk.  Let our prayer be this week for the Grace to do some really productive weeding.

Jim Philipps  (3rd millennium pilgrim)

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