It is 19th September 2015. We celebrate the memorial of St. Januarius, the Bishop and the Martyr. The readings are from 1 Tim.6:13-16 and the Gospel from Lk.8:4-15. In the first reading St. Paul concludes the letter reminding him to be faithful to all that he has been instructed by Paul. When Christ left the world, He gave the deposit of faith to the apostles, the Moral teachings and the Sacraments. Jesus offered to the apostles these traditions to pass on generation to generation until He comes again. During the judgement time, Jesus will judge the church accordingly to whether the deposit of Faith is kept pure or defiled. We the members are the church expected to be the guardians to continue the traditions handed over by Jesus. We need to keep the Sacraments and the Moral teachings of Jesus alive through our personal living. The responsorial Psalm prays, “Come before the Lord, singing for joy.” (Ps.99:2). The Gospel presents the condition of heart and the cooperation of the soil in receiving the seed to make it grow. We have the Edge, the Rock, the Thorn, and the Rich soil. One of the conditions is the life we live today which is indeed the basis for the outcome. The seed is the Word of God. Our faith and our personal relationship with God through the Lord Jesus is the basic condition for plentiful harvest. May the Lord help us to be truly productive as we receive the Word of God daily. Let us change what needed to be changed and accept our inability to change without God. May you have a productive day with the Word of God.

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