Not a Potted Plant

Greetings on this the Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: Ex 20:1-17; PS 19:8, 9, 10, 11; Mt 13:18-23
Notes: None.

First reading
The Ten Commandments.
Beautiful in their simplicity.
Deep implicitly.

The greatest challenge in the commandments is to not be simplistic in following them.
We must ever be aware of the situation and circumstances people face when applying them.

But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance (2 Pt 3:8-9).

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.

Alleluia Verse
Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart
and yield a harvest through perseverance.

Key: a generous heart.

Gospel Portion
We are not potted plants.

The parable today describes what the effects the word of the Kingdom have on people in different circumstances.

But we can change circumstances.
We are not potted plants.


Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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