January 26 - St. Timothy and St. Titus, bishops
The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown. As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once and takes away the word sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who, when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy. But they have no root; they last only for a time. Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Those sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the word, but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit. But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold" (Mark 4: 14-20).
It takes a lot of courage to be the “rich soil”. Hearing Christ, accepting Him and bearing fruit is not easy. Our feelings rebel against our will. What kind of soil do you want to be?
Lord Jesus, strengthen my will so I may be “rich soil” for you.
Impact Sports: Am I brave enough to lead a prayer with my team?
Impact Life: When was the last times I offered to help my brothers or sisters?