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Saturday, September 22, 2007

"Come with joy into the presence of the Lord"

Today's Liturgy has Psalm 100, the one I prayed with so much in my retreat this year:
Sing joyfully to the Lord all you lands;
serve the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
Know that the Lord is God;
he made us, we are his people, the flock he tends.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise;
Give thanks to him; bless his name.
For he is good: the Lord,
whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.

So let us all, Come with joy into the presence of the Lord!

The Gospel is the parable of the sower who went out to sow his seed. Some fell on the path; some on rocky ground; some among thorns; and some on good soil. Jesus explains the parable to his disciples and says that the seed that fell on rich soil are the ones who when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.
I heard a holy priest once say that the good soil was those who recognized themselves in all the seed that fell on the path, the rocky ground, and among thorns.

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