Matthew 13 of our POWERful Bible Journaling is filled with the parables of Jesus. It also contains a couple of familiar themes like bearing fruit and the Kingdom of heaven. So which is your favorite parable found in Matthew 13? Although I like them all, I’m partial to the Parable of the Sower.
The Great Commentary of Cornelius à Lapide states, “Observe, only the fourth part of the seed, namely, that which fell on the good ground, produced fruit; the three other divisions of the seed perished. Thus, but few profit by the word of preaching. By far the greater number who hear the word bring forth no fruit.” You know what that made me think of? Turn on the radio or television and scan the channels; at any time during the day you will find a televangelist preaching and teaching the Word of God. There are who knows how many sites on the internet that we could click on to read or listen to the Word of God. We can find commentaries, blog posts (ahem), vlogs, videos, pins and Facebook updates that all pertain to the Word of God…and look at our world. We have more access to the Word than any other generation and look at the fruit we as a whole are bringing forth.
POWERful Bible Journaling: Matthew 13
P –There are so many opportunities to hear You Lord…and I squander so many of them. I totally get why St Paul asks why he does what he doesn’t want to do and doesn’t do what he wants to do. And it’s not just the doing. It’s the being. I get frustrated because I don’t make daily Mass very often, or practice this devotion or that. And then I get frustrated because I didn’t smile at my child when they entered the room, or spoke kindly to the insurance lady on the phone. You are in each one of those scenarios and I miss them or misuse them.
O –Jesus told it like it was, in a way everyone could understand. The truth doesn’t need to put on airs.
W —vs 43…Then shall the just shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
E –What if I “heard” God in everyone I met? What if I took the time to be still and quiet and heard God? What if I listened to His promptings instead of mine? I prayed one time, “Keep me from being more internet noise.” I renew that prayer. I want you who visit, to hear Him in this space.
R –That sounds wonderful Lord, to shine like the sun in Your Kingdom. I will listen to Your promptings, Your commands–almost like a personal GPS, leading me in the direction toward Your Kingdom.
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