Friday of the 16th Week
Exodus 20: 1 – 17
Matthew 13:18 – 23
How is our relationship with God today? Do we feel we are close to God, or are we far away? Evidence of our answer will be played out in what we do and say this day. We come because God seeks a relationship with us, and we seek back a relationship with Him. Our readings speak about how God desires a relationship with us, and God is willing to use everything in his power to make this happen.
In the Old Testament, God always calls His people into a relationship with Him through His prophets. In our first reading, God seeks a relationship with his people by giving them the Ten Commandments through the prophet Moses. God is the author of the Ten Commandments, and they are addressed directly to the people. God wants the people to know how to live in a relationship with Him. Obedience to the Ten Commandments will bring holiness.
In our Gospel, Jesus uses a parable to explain how God seeks a relationship with his people. The parable is of a farmer who throws seeds with great abandonment. By our standards of a farmer, this is a poor way to farm. Two things are at work here in this parable. The first is the farmer giving every kind of soil a chance to grow the seed because God is gracious. The second thing is it is up to the soil to accept the seed and grow. The parable’s point is that God gives all of us an equal chance to have the seed of his word grow in our hearts. It is up to us to receive the Word of God and to allow it to grow in our lives.
As we gather this morning, God is doing his part to have a relationship with us this day. However, the choice is all ours! There will be times that we will do his will, and there will be times when we will not. May the Eucharist strengthen us to have this relationship with God that he desires of us.