Sunday, July 16, 2017

“Cultivating One Hundred-Fold” by Beth DeCristofaro

Sower with Setting Sun, van Gogh

(Thus says the LORD)  … my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow. … But some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear. (Matthew 13:3, 8-9)

O Holy Spirit, you who first enkindled in our hearts the joy of the Gospel, renew that same joy…for (those who attended) the Convocation of Catholic Leaders. Enflame the hearts of our bishops and their diocesan delegations; leaders of national organizations and movements; clergy, religious and laity; all who made this event possible; and Catholic leaders across the United States.

Move us to welcome the word of life in the depths of our hearts and respond to the call of missionary discipleship.

O Holy Spirit, transform our hearts and enable us to enter into the perfect communion that you share with the Father and the Son.

Mary, Star of the New Evangelization, pray for us.  Amen.

In Jesus’ day, even the richest soil would not produce a harvest a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.  This is only one amazing among many incredible images in this parable.  The crowds must have wondered just what was this seed that provided such abundance.  Two thousand years later we see the ongoing and prolific harvest which God’s Word has produced in our world.  God’s mercy and goodness are seen and heard every day for those who have ears to hear.  In Cursillo, we practice hearing each other’s stories and sharing our own, of the presence and the influence of God’s word in our lives.  We can practice using our ears to hear the Word which is spoken through many modalities beyond words.   

And, of course, our Church is led and cultivated by many as those in Cursillo understand so well.  The recent Convocation of Catholic Leaders, “inspired by Evangelii Gaudium, this Convocation will form leaders who will be equipped and re-energized to share the Gospel as missionary disciples, while offering fresh insights informed by new research, communications strategies, and successful models.” (USCCB)

Take a few minutes and explore the USCCB website regarding the Convocation.  Watch for opportunities to take action and continue to cultivate the Word in the “rich soil” of our hearts, mind, and spirit.  As God cultivates a hundred-fold in the ready soil of our being, sow God’s Word.

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