Wednesday of the 16th Week of the Year

Matt 13:1-9

The Parable of the Sower


There must have been times in our lives when we wish we were born in a richer or better family. There must have been some times when we feel envious or jealous of others’ talents and accomplishments, intellectual prowess or athletic capabilities. That just shows that we are human.

If we get into the spirit of Jeremiah, we will soon perceive that we are also as gifted as anyone else. The Lord has chosen us, given us life, plus a special talent for an important mission he has reserved for us individually long before we were born. Here we also see the value and purpose of our talents that they are given to us to be used for the sake of others. There is no reason to be boastful of our talents or to be envious of others; accomplishments. Eventually the proper time and the proper place will reveal themselves to us, and the Lord has given us good grounds to grow and to be fruitful. It is in this that we can see the “why” of ourselves, and the we realize our place in creation and in God’s plan. (Fr. Carlos S. Lariosa, SVD Bible Diary 2002)


It is said that no two persons are exactly alike, even identical twins. Every person is unique. This is true not only in the physical and external dimension but also in the internal make up of a person.

In the parable of today, Jesus makes a graphic illustration of how people differ in their hearing and accepting the word of God. Interior disposition as well as outside factors can influence and affect one’s response. We humbly admit that we usually resemble the first three types. To listen to God’s word is not that easy, much less to put it into action. However, it is not impossible to realize the fourth type. God’s grace is waiting for our cooperation. If we let go of our selfish preoccupations and keep our hearts open and receptive, God’s word will grow and bear fruit in our lives. It is a good practice to examine what type of soil (listener) we are and ask ourselves why we are at that type. (Sr. Margie Rabon, SSpS, Bible Diary 2005)


July 20, 2016 Wednesday

The parable of the sower reminds us of four hearers of the word of God:

(a) The hearer with a shut mind. This person does not enjoy growth in society – new discoveries that widen horizons, the ever wonderful unfolding of God’s creation. Prejudice can shut a mind, blinding one to things that he doesn’t want to see, refusing to recognize his shortcomings and failures. He feels inadequate in facing the challenges of life.

(b) The hearer with a mind like a shallow ground. This person easily gets excited with new ideas but also easily wanes in enthusiasm when other interesting stuff comes along. Anything new becomes an obsession. He fails to highlight the importance of spiritual matters, neglecting to reflect and meditate on things of lasting value.

(c) The hearer who has so many interests in life that often the most important things get crowded out. His disorganized mind fails to focus on what matters most; a mind that is anxious to accommodate everything as urgent and important. He can be a member of various groups but may not be able to cope with the assigned tasks. His many interests makes religious matters seem like second fiddle because these require understanding, reflection, and appropriate action. Consequently, his spirituality suffers.

(d) The hearer whose mind is like a good ground. He is very receptive – willing to listen and meditate on the received word. He has a heart that absorbs the message and actively implements its demands. He pursues the message with a joyful heart and ful lls it to the best of his ability. And the result is always satisfying and ful lling. (Fr. Jojo Caballes, SVD (SHP, Kamuning, QC Bible Diary 2016)


WEDNESDAY OF THE 16TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) – MATEO 13:1-9. Kinsa man ang tawo nga makahimo’g daghang maayong buhat? Diha sa sambingay sa Tigpugas atong masabtan nga ang liso, nga mao ang Pulong sa Dios, mabuhi, motubo, ug mamunga’g daghan kon kini mahagbong sa maayong yuta. Unsa o kinsa man kining maayong yuta? Ang maayong yuta mao ang tawo nga adunay maayong kasingkasing ug hunahuna para sa Pulong sa Dios. Andam ug mahinangpon siya kanunay nga modawat sa Pulong sa Dios isip pagkaon sa iyang kalag. Matag adlaw, mangita siya’g kahigayonan nga mohunong sa iyang mga buluhaton aron maghilom, magbasa sa Pulong sa Dios, mag-ampo ug mamalandong niini. Ang Pulong sa Dios adunay talagsaong gahom, ug ang tawo nga modawat niini sa matag adlaw mamunga gyod og daghang maayong buhat. Posted by Abet Uy


Reflection for Wednesday July 23, Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 13:1-9 – Reflection: Whenever Jesus speaks everyone listens this is because whatever Jesus talks about is wisdom filled. Who wouldn’t want to listen to someone who imparts wisdom? We all want to listen to a person whose words are truthful and wisdom filled.

How could we listen to Jesus in this modern time? First, is we listen to HIM by reading HIS life and teachings in the bible. Many of us have no more time to open our bible even for a short time that’s why we do not know Jesus deeply. Yet we have time for other worldly things that often times bring no value to our lives.

Second is we listen to Jesus through our solemn presence at Holy Mass. There are times that it’s so hard to focus our attention to this Holy Celebration because of the presence of others who do not pay attention to what is going on during Holy Mass. Nevertheless, if we desire to pay attention no matter the distraction we could still concentrate on the celebration.

Third is we go to the Adoration Chapel to stay there to be with Jesus. If we could spend time daily to watch our favorite program on tv, why can’t we have time to visit the Adoration Chapel even for a short while? There’s an enormous blessings that awaits us there because we listen to the wisdom of Jesus through our heart/s.

Spend more time with Jesus, listen more to Him and be prepared for the spiritual blessings that HE will shower upon you. Posted by: Marino J. Dasmarinas


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Reflection for Wednesday July 20, Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 13:1-9

Reflection: Do you reflect on the parables of Jesus? Jesus often gives parables to His disciples for them to have something to reflect and think about. These parables are also for us to reflect and discover the lesson that it tries to convey to us.

The sower is actually God, the seeds that He sowed were His teachings and the environments which the seed fell are us. Obviously the first three environments on which the seeds fell were not ideal because the seeds did not grew up as it should be.

We become the first three environments when we intentionally turn a deaf ear to God’s teachings. No matter how much God wants us to know more about Him if we are not willing to listen He cannot do anything about it. He will not be able to take root and grow in our hearts.

The last environment: the good soil is also us. This happens when we open our whole being to God’s teachings. We listen to it, we imbibed it and we live it. It grows within us and in that process we bear fruit. In bearing fruit God uses us to touch lives thus we become an instrument of His blessings for others.

The desire of God is for us to always become the good soil wherein we touch lives and make a positive difference in the lives of our fellowmen. –  Marino J. Dasmarinas


THE “WEEPING PROPHET” (Year II) – Since we begin today our daily readings from the book of the Prophet Jeremiah, let us have a brief look at this great prophet. He is often called the “weeping prophet” because he suffered like no other prophet for the courageous messages he had to proclaim.

Jeremiah lived in the seventh century B.C. He came from Anathoth, a village north of Jerusalem, and he spent most of his prophetic career in the vicinity of Jerusalem. Jeremiah began to prophesy during the reign of King Josiah of Judah. He was called to be a prophet while he was still a youth and so he told the Lord, “I am too young.”

But God assured him that he had been chosen already when he was in his mother’s womb. As a sign that there would be no cause for celebration in Judah, God commanded him not to marry.

Often Jeremiah spoke against those who thought that Temple worship protected them from the consequences of sin. So he was repeatedly arrested and King Jehoiakim had his prophecies burned. But Jeremiah’s scribe, Baruch, produced a new copy of the oracles. Jeremiah remained near Jerusalem while the Babylonians captured and destroyed the city, but later his friends took him to Egypt where he spent the rest of his life. A Jewish legend has it that he was killed in Egypt by his own countrymen.

Jewish prophets like Jeremiah were not men who predicted the future. They pointed at the evils of their time, at the sins of kings and people, at the violation of the sacred covenant with God, and called for repentance. They had to tell the people what they did not like to hear: the truth.

And yet, in spite of all persecution, imprisonment and harassment, Jeremiah remained firm and faithful to his God-given mission.

We Christians are also called to participate in the prophetic office of Christ. The problem is that we prefer to please others than tell them what is wrong in their life and action. After all, we are afraid of rejection — so different from Jeremiah the “weeping prophet.” Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD

REFLECTION QUESTION: Do you take your prophetic task seriously and tell the truth whenever you see evil around you?

Lord, give me the courage to be more prophetic in my dealings with others and the strength to face the consequences. Amen.


July 20, 2016

REFLECTION: When God called Moses to become the leader of his people and charged him with the mission of bringing the people out of the land of Egypt into a land of freedom, Moses was far from enthusiastic about his mission. In fact, he raised not less than six objections to God’s plan (his age, among others, because he was already 80 years old at the time). Yet God overruled all his objections by telling him: “I will be with you.”

God reassured with the same words, “I will be with you,” many great figures of the Old Testament who were overwhelmed by God’s plans on them: Joshua (Dt 31:23), Gideon (Jgs 6:12), Solomon (1 K 11:38), the general Johanan (Jer 42:11), the people of Israel (Jer 46:28), Zerubbabel (Hag 1:13; 2:4), the Church (Mt 28:20), Mary (Lk 1:28), Paul (Acts 18:10).

In today’s first reading, God again overrules Jeremiah’s objection that he is too young and is not gifted as an orator to become a prophet by the words “I will be with you.”

God does not change. All of us are charged by him with a great mission. If we feel unequal to the responsibility he entrusts us with, let us remember that, through it all, he shall always be at our side.


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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