September 23 2017 Saturday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time-A ST PIUS OF PIETRELCINA, PRIEST (PADRE PIO)

1 Timothy 6:13-16

Psalm 100

Luke 8:4-15

…hearing the word hold it fast in an honest and good heart… Luke 7:15

Lord, in your time the word of God competed for the attention of the people.  They heard the word but the devil, temptation, the cares, riches and pleasures of life were obstacles to the germination and growth of the word in their lives.  We can see everywhere today the distractions that lure us away from holding fast to your word.  The pressures of modern life, lack of time, doubt, materialism, and inadequate faith formation all contribute to our missing out on the richness and power of your word.  Lord, which obstacle is present to me?  Why do I not place a higher priority on letting your word penetrate my heart?  Dear Jesus, grant me the grace of an open and receptive heart.  Help me to make the choices to listen and heed your truth whether it’s convenient or inconvenient.  Allow scripture to change me, purify me and bless me.  May I persevere in daily reflection on your word with an honest and good heart.  Amen.