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Week of July 12

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 12
Glenna Smith, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Virgina, Bristow, VA

Matthew 13:1-23 OR 13:1-9
In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus say, “Whoever has ears ought to hear.” He also says, “…many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. Saint Benedict begins his Rule with the word “listen,” not just “listen” but “Listen…with the ear of your heart.” Is there any other way to hearken to the Word except with the ear of our hearts? Otherwise, can we grasp anything of Jesus’ message?

Do you place yourself in this story as the sower? As the seed? As the good or poor soil? My perspective for today is that of the good soil, or becoming good soil. All of us have the capability of becoming that good soil. In this context, it takes only the desire and the effort to believe that in daily listening with the ear of our hearts we have the capacity to become the good soil, the soil in which the seed can grow. May we be and become that which we profess.

Sister Glenna Smith entered the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia in 1977 and has served her community and their ministries for 40+ years as teacher, prefect, camp director, counselor, principal and administrator, school psychologist, member of various boards, formation director, monastery coordinator, and subprioress. She was privileged to serve the Federation of Saint Scholastica as president from 2010-2014.