32 But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings,33 sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.34 For you had compassion on the prisoners, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.
35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
36 For you have need of endurance, so that you may do the will of God and receive what is promised.37 “For yet a little while, and the coming one shall come and shall not tarry;38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and keep their souls.
26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground,27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how.28 The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?
31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it;34 he did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.
THE HEBREW WRITER seeks to uplift and strengthen the resolve of the people of the way who seemingly want to throw in the towel, browbeaten by their persecutors who; plundered their belongings, attacked their personhood and imprisonment fellow disciples! The author call on his fellow servants to embue; faith, hope, courage and charity—essential theological virtues that were planted in mans soul by God– “the source of our vegetative activities” that allow the believer to “outstrip the limits of the created order!”
THE GOSPEL READING: Christ use a seed as a specimen, comparing it to an inteligible clear thinking person who has signed up to receive the Holy Sacraments of grace, to lay out the positive developmental effects and consequences it shall bring.The author wish to point out that those listeners who did not always connect-the-dots, would privately meet with Christ, seeking His indulgence to explain and unearth everything that nourish and is good for the soul!
A person who is disorganized, unfocused and scatterbrained should not be surprised to be in the crosshairs of Satan who will use any opportunity to; sow lies, plunder and uproot whatever goodness exist, exposing the ‘believer’ to abuse and hardship to the extent that he or she may consider to surrender to Satan! Rather than shrink back or walk away from a spouse, children, job or the Church, we should apply endurance and unearth our ‘utile’ that is man’s esse; seeking to know what God is calling us to do or be. Approach a Catholic spiritual director who is vetted by the Bishop who shall interrogate the soul which may have been plundered by Satan. Do not approach joe soap or the nice convivial ‘psychologist’ pastor next door who may tell us what we want to hear versus the unadulterated gospel truth!
LET US PRAY:Psalms 37:3-6,23-24,39-40
3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.
4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.6 He will bring forth your vindication as the light, and your right as the noonday.23 The steps of a man are from the LORD, and he establishes him in whose way he delights;24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD is the stay of his hand.39 The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their refuge in the time of trouble.40 The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked, and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.