Epiphany 2022, Gospel of Matthew, Day 24 of 58

Gospel of Matthew, Day 24 of 58, January 26

Reading

Matthew 13:1-17

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2013%3A1-17&version=NIV

Scripture

As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

Observation

Birds ate it = Picked on by the Evil One. Falling into temptation.

Rocky soil = A shallow faith that withers when tough times come.

Thorns nearby = Promising person stoops to the level of bad company around them.

On good soil = nurtured by others, nurtured by practices that promote depth in faith, and entering into a Christian community that provides sanctuary from the Evil One.

Application

How can I grow my faith deeper? Could it be that community is essential to a deeper faith? I feel that we are better able to handle adversity when our faith practices involve community and relationships.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I want to grow my roots. Help me mind my way into a community of faith where I may find sanctuary from predators; deeper soil; and friends who won’t suffocate my faith. In your Holy Name I pray. Amen.

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