From Administrator’s Desk, 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. July 12th, 2020

We live in a very busy world. At least, we think we are very busy. While reading the parable of
the sower and the seed I was thinking of the time given us by God. It is all we have. We do not have all
the time of the world; in fact, the time is short. So we cannot waste a bit of it. We must engage our faith
in order to use well the time we spend on earth.
Recently I listened to a talk by Dr. Greg Bottaro, a Catholic psychologist and a father of five. Dr.
Bottaro spoke about the use of time while having so much on his plate. However, he had a turn-around in
his life when he engaged his faith to all activities of his life. Dr. Bottaro said he finally found time for
everything that needed to be done due to trust and confidence in the Divine Providence.
Our Lord Jesus uses the parable of the sower and the seed while talking about the word of God
that is sown into human heart. This takes place in time and space as much as in our body as soul. In
short, we must spend time with Jesus in order to experience His healing love and to learn how to love like
Him.
As we follow our Lord Jesus, everything in our life must be ordered by His Word, that is, by
Christ Himself. He pours grace into our hearts so that we may produce much fruit. Jesus said about this
with different words in the Gospel of John, “Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing” (John 15”5). As a Christian Catholic I cannot delude myself:
without my Lord I cannot do even the slightest thing. If we do not cling totally to Jesus we produce very
little fruit (the rocky ground), or become wasteful (the thorns of this world, anxieties that consume us), or
remain completely unproductive (the seed sown on busy paths of life).
Those who produce much fruit are the saints, that is, those who live by the Word of God every day
in everything they do. This means to have Jesus always in one’s heart. For us Catholics, it means regular
daily prayer to Jesus and spiritual reading, regular mass attendance with communion received in the state
of grace (even on daily basis), regular confession (preferably once a month), spiritual direction, and
devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints. These are the simple means that enrich the soil of
human heart.
If you feel that you still cannot make much progress in spiritual life, you should ask myself: Am I
a rich soil or a rocky ground? Maybe I am choked by unfounded anxiety and by many pointless
activities? Or perhaps I am swept by ideologies and opinions of others that prevent me from fully giving
my heart to Christ? What kind of heart do I have? Let us pray that the Lord may remove any obstacle
from our hearts and give us hearts open to God’s grace so that we may produce the fruits of holiness and
blessed (happy) life.
Blessings to all! Fr. Janusz Mocarski, Administrator