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Time, the seed that falls on good soil will yield a fruitful harvest. -- Luke 8:8
Mass readings: Isaiah 55:10-11 / Romans 8:18-23 /Matthew 13:1-23 or 13:1-9
Our local fair, where I used to compete, gives out a unique supreme prize for excellence: a golden watch. One year, trying to earn that reward, I spent months sewing, knitting, canning and even building a birdhouse. Though pin jabs, pinched fingers and blisters often made me want to quit, I felt that watch was worth all the trouble. And I did win it!
Unfortunately, life's trials are far more painful than jabs, pinches and blisters. But, Scripture assures us, what God has in store will wipe out all our earthly pains. As St. Paul says in today's second reading, ''the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us'' (Rom 8:18). The prize we work for is greater than any golden watch. If we persevere, we'll see Jesus face-to-face!
Prayer: Dearest Lord, help me to persevere, to obtain the heavenly prize You have prepared for me.
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