16th Saturday in Ordinary Time

Daily Reflection

16th Saturday in Ordinary Time

A garden enclosed

From today’s Scripture:The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’  He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’”—Mt 13:27-28

In my own garden, there have been several times I have shown enormous love to a small plant for many weeks, only to realize as it grew larger that it was in fact a weed! We see in today’s Gospel that this trouble with deceptive weeds has plagued gardeners for generations! 

But we all know Jesus isn’t primarily concerned with our backyard gardens. He’s concerned with our interior life, the one the lover describes in Song of Solomon as being “A garden enclosed.” It’s my job to carefully discern the fruits of my life, and to make sure I’m only nurturing those that give glory to God.

Let us pray:  Lord, you have made me a garden enclosed, a place set apart to meet you face to face. I’m so thankful that you’ve called me into relationship with you!


Today’s author is Cassie Magnotta, a Catholic creative who works as Project Manager for Glenmary Home Missioners.


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