WEDNESDAY – JANUARY 24, 2024 WEEK THREE – (Memorial St. Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor of the Church)

THE DIFFERENT RESPONSES (MK 4:1-20)

Prayer:

O Jesus, let my heart receive your word.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching the crowds.

Context:

            In this part, Jesus explains the parable and a shift takes place.  The original parable highlighted the great power of the seed.  This explanation highlights the way each person receives the seed.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Thoughts: (Read all.  Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. Jesus’ parables appeal to the heart.  If the person’s heart is right, he will understand the meaning.  If his heart is not right, he will remain in darkness.
  2. Some believers do not protect the seed.  They do not treasure it. Satan, like a bird in the sky, can easily steal it away.
  3. Some believers do not allow the seed to claim their heart.  They are superficial and easily surrender their faith, as if it is of no value.
  4. Some believers mix the seed with their other desires, wishing to have both heaven and earth.
  5. Inevitably, worldly possessions and selfish desires claim their heart. What comes forth is choked.
  6. True believers treasure the seed because it is precious.  They protect it so trials do not destroy.  They remove other desires so the seed can grow.
  7. They rejoice in a super-abundant harvest.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • Jesus, I must give you my heart. Then, I will understand your parables.
  • O Jesus, I treasure your word.  Hide it deep within. I do not want it stolen.
  • O Jesus, place your friendship at the deepest part of my being.
  • Let your word go deep into my heart so a harvest comes forth from me.
  • Remove all my selfish and worldly desires.
  • O Lord, only Your word contains the seed of eternal life.  It alone must claim my heart.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+  I will read the gospels every day.

+  In total generosity, I will open my heart to the Kingdom.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)