✝️ REFLECTION CAPSULE – July 20, 2022: Wednesday

“Sowing the Seed, though little & tiny, in our own situations & circumstances!”

(Based on Jer 1:1, 4-10 and Mt 13:1-9 – Wednesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time, Year 2)

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step….

The construction of a magnificent building is initiated by the laying of a single brick or a stone…
The art of composing a lovely song starts with gathering of the first strains of melody & lyrics…
The discipline of writing a spectacular novel commences with penning down the first few words…

There is power in the first step.
There is wonder in the first act.
There is much potential in the sowing of a little seed…

We are once again encountering the familiar Parable of the Sower in today’s Gospel Reading…

The Master Sower is back in the Field, broadcasting the Seeds…

The Seed is the Word of God…. It is little. It is tiny. It is small.
But it can become big.

It can become powerful.
It can become very influential.

The Word of God is powerful…but it is in the form of a Seed…

It however, contains within it, all the potentials of a new life and fruitfulness!

The Seed has a tremendous potential….

This Seed has the potential to be a Living Bread (Jn 6:51)
… to sustain life, and to strengthen the weak and fragile.

This Seed has the potential to be a Bubbling Fountain (Prov 13:14)
… issuing forth pure water that refreshes, cleanses and purifies the dirt of sinfulness.

This Seed has the potential to be a Powerful Hammer (Jer 23:29)
… building and reconstructing broken and shattered lives.

This Seed has the potential to be a Thick Golden Honey (Ps 19:11)
… sweet to the taste and satisfying the spirit in moments of distress and pain.

This Seed has the potential to be a Bright, Shining Lamp (Ps 119:105)
… exposing the darkness and releasing the light of His purity, holiness and righteousness upon humanity.

The Seed has the potential to be a Sharp Two-edged Sword (Heb 4:12)
… helping to discern between the good & bad, the holy & the profane and the pure & polluted!

The Seed has the potential to be a Mirror (Jam 1:23)
… challenging us to look into our interior and also reflecting the attributes of the Most High God in whose image we are created!

Yes, the Seed has a tremendous potential…

The Divine Sower invites us…
… to share in His Divine Work of broadcasting the Seed
… and helping it realize its full potentials.

The Prophet Jeremiah was called to this purpose:
“To uproot and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant” (Jer 1:10)

The Saint of the Day, St Bridget of Sweden, also invites and inspires us to share in the work of the Divine Master, “Embrace and take upon yourself a little work, so that you may be made clean of sin and reach the great reward sooner. For the bride should grow tired working alongside her bridegroom so that she may all the more confidently take her rest with Him.”

Let all experience the Seed – God’s word – as a Living Bread, a Bubbling Fountain, a Powerful Hammer, a Thick Golden Honey, a Bright, Shining Lamp, a Sharp Two-edged Sword or as a Mirror!

Be not afraid to sow the Seed…
… though little & tiny, in our own situations & circumstances.

A harvest of manifold blessings, begins with a single Seed….

God Bless! Live Jesus!

📖 Discovering the beauty of the Catholic Church through the Catechism

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.

For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. (CCC # 1285)

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