Day 13 (Mar 11)
– The Prodigal Son

Day 13 (Mar 11)
The Prodigal Son

Come back to me with all your heart.

“The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart.”

- Matthew 13:19

In the last three days, we have begun to address the issue of why, for some people, the word of the kingdom is being heard but not understood. Let's dig deeper today. One does not understand not because one is not clever, but because one does not love God and therefore, His message. When there is no love, there is no relationship, no meaningful time will be spent together, and no real understanding can be achieved. In this condition, it is as if we opened the door of our hearts to the devil. The devil can come in and easily take away the seeds sown in our hearts because we are not treasuring them.

What prevents us from loving God? The root cause is our sins. For the most part, our sinful nature stems from our self-centeredness. Self-centeredness allows Satan to use his first weapon, diversions, to break into our hearts. He uses tactics like attachments to all sorts of temporal and lesser things to distract us from choosing the better part as in the story of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42).

So, we must not allow sin to take root in our hearts lest it will bear a very tenacious and toxic fruit – indifference.

If we keep on immersing ourselves in a life of sin (big or small) and cluttering our mind with evil thoughts, we allow ourselves to fall into one of Satan’s deadliest traps leading to a dead end. Our hearts will become so parched that it will crack and nothing fruitful will grow out of it.


In order to avoid falling into the Satan's trap, do I resolve to uproot my sinful nature with sincere repentance and penance?


Dear Lord, thank you for pouring yourself out to me without reserve, and allowing me the freedom to respond to your love.

As my response to your invitation, Lord, I resolve to turn away from the roots of my sinful past to embrace you without reserve. I will find time to examine my life to recognize my sins and omissions in my thoughts, words and deeds and to make a good confession with sincere repentance and penance.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.