Jesus draws vast crowds and teaches the Parable of the Sower to urge men to be converted and become fruitful in Him. Every Catholic man can grow in happiness by building the Virtue of Prudence so he can make and carry a deliberate plan to know Jesus more and by growing in the Virtue of Studiousness so he can study and master Catholicism so he can more alley proclaim Jesus and His Holy Catholic Church.
3rd Week in Ordinary Time – Thursday – Mk 4:21-25
Vast crowds are drawn to Jesus and He heals and teaches them, often with parables which mysteriously reveal truths to those with open hearts. After teaching The Parable of the Sower to the crowds and privately explaining to the Apostles that the parable describes three obstacles to faith (indifference, shallow emotionalism, preference for the world) and His extremely high expectations for the fruitfulness of men, Jesus continues to prepare His Apostles for their mission by now revealing that He has high expectations for them too, and requires them to be fruitful in evangelization.
Jesus discloses His plan to reveal His Gospel in measured steps, allowing for the unfolding of the Incarnation in due time to avoid confusion and premature conflict; the Apostles are being taught the fuller meaning of Jesus’ teachings which are currently “hidden” and “secret.” In due time, the fullness of Jesus’ “light” of truth will be revealed through His Passion and Resurrection, and by the Apostles’ broad and fearless proclamation of the Gospel after His Ascension. Jesus confirms His Gospel will not be able to be suppressed, humorously revealing that no man puts a light under a basket; instead, Jesus commands His Apostles to make His Gospel (literally, “good news”) known to the world.
With the gift of being an “insider” comes a warning. Jesus challenges His followers that those who hear Him (those with ears) are responsible to make His Gospel known. Emphasizing the serious necessity to pay careful attention (heed), Jesus warns men’s evangelical fruitfulness is “measured” and vindicated; those who produce much will be rewarded with more; those who do not produce will lose everything. To grow in Jesus is to share the love of Christ with every soul, and Jesus expects no less.
Be awed by Jesus Christ
Reflect upon how Jesus, the perfection of Justice, confirms He holds men to the standard of Vindication (a part of Justice by which men’s actions lead to rewards or punishments): men who receive must give; those who are generous and productive will be rewarded with more, but those who are not generous and productive will be punished by losing what they have.
Follow a prudent plan to know Jesus more
Realize: To receive Jesus’ promised reward for evangelizing, and avoid His just punishment for failing to evangelize, every Catholic man must first know and enthusiastically receive Jesus; you cannot introduce others to Jesus if you do not know Him.
Believe: Reflect upon the truth that Jesus is the Heart of Catechesis (CCC 422-429, 1691-1698).
Pray: Jesus, Perfection of Prudence, help me build the Virtue of Prudence so I make and follow a prudent plan to know You more, setting a goal to systematically read Scripture, pondering Your great words and acts, constantly speaking and listening to You in prayer, and receiving You in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Study and master Catholicism to be able to proclaim Jesus
Realize: God’s beautiful plan of salvation has been entrusted to His Holy Catholic Church so it can be passed from generation to generation; every Catholic man must have a firm grasp of Catholicism to effectively bring disciples to Jesus and His Holy Catholic Church.
Believe: Reflect upon the Prologue of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1-25).
Pray: Jesus, Founder and Head of the Catholic Church, help me build the Virtue of Studiousness (a part of Temperance) so I diligently work to study Scripture, the Catechism, the ways to effectively evangelize, and apologetics, so I have deep understanding of Catholicism and become a compelling witness for You and Your Holy Catholic Church.