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Saturday, September 17, 2022

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St. Robert Bellarmine
St. Hildegard of Bingen

1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49
Psalm 56:10-14
Luke 8:4-15

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“let me sow your love”

“He spoke to them in a parable.” —Luke 8:4

The parable of the sower and the seed (Lk 8:4-8) is applied to sowing the Word of God, because Jesus specifically says the seed sowed by the farmer “is the word of God” (Lk 8:11). The homilist at this morning’s Mass mentioned that this parable also applies well to those who are sowing love. St. Francis of Assisi likewise mentioned this in his well-known prayer when he said, “where there is hatred, let me sow love.”

God sows love and His love falls on a footpath, representing people so trampled down that they cannot admit love into their hearts (Lk 8:5). The rocky ground is like the person who receives love by getting infatuated. But as a little time passes, they grow tired of the love relationship, whether with God or another person. Being without root, they walk away from authentic love (Lk 8:6). The thorny ground is the person who does receive love, responds to it, but makes other choices that distract their heart from growing in authentic love. Such a heart does not commit fully to true, sacrificial love, and so love is stifled (Lk 8:7).

The fourth heart is the good soil which receives love, nurtures it, allows it to take deep root, and bears the abundant fruit of love (Lk 8:8). Love is “the greatest” gift of all (1 Cor 13:13). Open your heart to receive every last drop of God’s outpoured love (Rm 5:5). Receive the love of God daily, especially in the Holy Eucharist at daily Mass.

Prayer:  Father, nothing can separate me from Your love (Rm 8:39). Accordingly, may I never separate myself from Your love.

Promise:  “The seed you sow does not germinate unless it dies.” —1 Cor 15:36

Praise:  St. Robert Bellarmine was made a cardinal by Pope Clement VIII in 1599. At the time, the Pope commented, “The Church has not his equal in learning.”

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