Thought for the Day – 13 April – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
The Word of God
“In the parable of the sower (Cf Lk 8:5-15) Jesus tells us that the seed is the Word of God.
Some seed falls by the wayside, that is, upon hardened and dissipated hearts which admit every kind of thought and affection, exdcept the love of God.
The good seed cannot take root and the birds of the air come and eat it.
Other seed falls upon rocky ground but, as soon as it has sprung up, it withers away for want of moisture.
Other seed falls among thorns which choke it and prevent it from growing.
Finally, some of the seed falls upon good ground and yuields fruit a hundredfold.
Let us read the parable and examine the way in which we hear the word of God.
Are our hearts hard like the surface of the wayside, so that we are deaf and indifferent to the Word of God?
Or do we receive it with joy and enthusiasm at first but, lack the constancy to put it into practice, so that the seed dies for want of moisture and we forget everything which we promised?
Or are our minds and hearts caught up in a tangle of earthly preoccupations – business, pleasure and other interests – which choke the good seed and prevent it from yielding fruit?
Let us make a thorough examination of our attitude.
If we fall into any of these categories, let us remind ourselves that one day soon, we shall have to render an account to God of all the gifts which we have received and the way in which we have used them.”
Antonio Cardinal Bacci
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