September 23, 2023, Saturday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time-A ST. PIUS OF PIETRELCINA (Padre Pio)

1 Timothy 6:13-16

Psalm 100

Luke 8:4-15

“And some seed fell on good soil and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold.”  Luke 8:8

Lord, it’s a real relief to hear that producing a fruitful harvest is not all up to me. My job is to be good soil, your job is to grow the harvest. So many times, I have felt like a failure because I didn’t see the outcome I wanted from my efforts. I wanted to produce oranges, but apples grew instead. Your gospel reminds me to allow your Word to transform my life from the inside out. Lord, I so want to be the receptive, open, and fertile soil for your word to grow from a thought to an action. I want your word to have a real effect on my life. I want to change. I want to be more like you. O, dear Lord, open my heart to your truth. Help me to live out the dream you have for me. Nothing else really matters, does it? Sharpen my eyes and ears of faith so I am more aware of your presence. With your grace anything is possible. May I be a fruitful garden for you to grow whatever you want for your heavenly table.  St. Pius pray for us.  Amen.