It is 17th September 2016. We celebrate the memorial of St. Robert Bellarmine, the Bishop and Doctor of the Church. The readings are from 1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49; and the Gospel from Luke 8:4-15. St. Paul teaches the Corinthians that our earthly body will have to go through the radical and complete transformation in order to achieve its full potential growth. Growth and maturity comes by time and willingness to shed the peripheral allowing the newness to emerge from within. This newness is eternal, incorruptible, glorious, and divine. The responsorial Psalm prays, “I shall walk in the presence of God in the light of the living.” (Ps.55:14). In the parable of the Sower, Christ being the sower of the Good Seed challenges us to examine ourselves to ascertain the soil that we have become at this point of time in our life. Some of us have truly become edgy people who allow everyone to trample the gifts of God in our life. Someone is destroying the goodness of God in us just because we have no time to care for the space meant for God. Some others have become so hard hearted and so we are exhausted with all possibilities. We have closed all the options of growth in our lives. A good numbeer of us have truly become thorny people. We hurt ourselves and others. We allow others to chock us with their selfishness and simultaneously we chock the others by our sinfulness and pocking behaviours. In all these human and spiritual conditions, something is hindering us to receive the grace of God. Let us not marginalise God in our lives just because we have the power to set margins. Yet, there are some good people who are so open, humble and willing to receive the goodness and graciousness of God and that is why the life is still meaningful and fruitful. Let us make ourselves fertile by allowing God into our lives. We are the seeds of hope, love and peace in this world. God still counts us to be fruitful. May you have a good day.

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