Grace to you!
Tracy’s lifestyle deprived her of inner peace. The more she went deeper and deeper into some worldly concerns, the emptier she felt.
Not sure how to get help, she resorted to drugs and substance abuse. Things were not to get any better.
One day, she met a girl on board an aircraft. The girl looked calm and relaxed. By a stroke of providence, they started to talk. Tracy couldn't stand the long boring flight.
Her new acquaintance didn't say much but just listened. When she responded to Tracy's constant queries, it came across in the nicest way. One thing led to another. Tracy was curious to know how this girl, about her age, had such inner peace. However, she, without thinking about the impact her words would have, shared how she found peace through Christ.
Years later, Tracy recollects her finding peace back to this encounter with a passenger on the airplane. She claimed that when she heard the girl say she found peace in Christ, it stuck somewhere in her subconscious. It reoccurred often with some unique power that never went away. The result was a gradual conversion leading to her discovery of new life and joy in Christ.
Many times, we witness similar events in our lives or in those we know. God's Word, Christ, does not need our additional push for efficacy in any person's heart. In God's Word is both the power and the grace to transform people from within.
We hear the explanation of the parable of the sower in the Gospel of Matthew 13:18-33. One notices that to anyone who opens their heart to Christ, God's Word, he effects change, transformation, from within, and bears much fruit. Those fruits are fruits of righteousness, as well as the power of winning friends for the Lord.
It is reassuring for those who desire to bear witness to Christ. It is also good news for you in need of inner peace. We share Christ and leave the grace of transformation to him. He knows how to change hearts.
I am praying for the grace of openness to the transforming and renewing power of God's Word. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Friday Week 16, Ordinary Time: Jer 3:14-17; Mt 13:18-23]
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.