Readings: 1 Cor. 15:12-20 and Lk 8:1-3
Memory of St. Januarius
“Whatever you sow on the ground has to die before it gives new life.” St. Paul tells the Corinthians a great truth about life. He reiterates Jesus’ teaching “unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, “it cannot produce fruit”. The Responsorial Psalm of today, help us to pledge along with the Psalmist. “I Shall walk in the presence of God.” Walking in the presence of God help us to throw the good deeds of our lives on the good soil of this world. When we walk along with God, our hearts and minds will be filled with God’s love. So, each and every thought we have, each word we speak, and every action we do stems from our relationship with God. These emulates the love of God. Walking in the Presence of God demands a lot from us. It is like good seeds falling on good soil and produce a hundred-fold harvest. Remember every harvest bring forth new seeds, seeds that can produce a thousand-fold harvest. May St. Januarius, bishop and martyr, whose feast we celebrate today help us and intercede for us to be the seeds of Christ, to die every day to sin in order to produce fruits that lasts and seeds that endures the tests of times.
(By Fr. Jose Thomas SDB)