16th Week in Ordinary Time, Friday (Year II)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Hear the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom without understanding it, and the Evil One comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”
A Simple Prayer for the Garden of the Heart:
Come Holy Spirit, protect the seed sown by the Sower, that it may never be stolen away from our heart.
Come Holy Spirit, make the root strong and durable, that nothing can uproot it.
Come Holy Spirit, clear away the thorns around your seed, that flowers and fruit may bloom and flourish.
Come Holy Spirit, make your soil rich with Divine Grace, Light and Energy, that heavenly fruit may spring from our earth—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22).
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.