Day 14 (Mar 12)
– From Leap of Joy
to Leap of Faith

Day 14 (Mar 12)
From Leap of Joy to Leap of Faith

Lord, help me see myself as you see me.

“Oh my God… I beg You to answer me when I say humbly: what is Truth?
Make me see things as they really are.

- St. Thérèse of Lisieux

The second scenario in the Parable of the Sower is the seed “fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away.” (Matthew 13:5-6)

Jesus explains that these are people who “hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.” (Matthew 13:20-21)

Very often we receive God's Word with joy, for His Word is full of wisdom and goodness. We gladly welcome God and our lives begin to change. But joy and curiosity might not be enough for God's Word to take root in a sustainable manner, for our hearts can be like a rocky ground that lacks good soil and depth.

In an Angelus address, Pope Francis calls such a heart a “superficial heart: it welcomes the Lord, wants to pray, love and bear witness, but does not persevere; it becomes tired and never “takes off”. It is a heart without depth, where the rocks of laziness prevail over the good soil, where love is fickle and fleeting. But whoever welcomes the Lord only when they want to does not bear fruit.”

In what way is my heart superficial and shallow? “Lord, I want to see.” (Luke 18:41)

May I pause and let God's Word descend from my mind into my heart, and be my inner guide as I examine the true condition of my heart.


Am I deceiving myself to believe I'm good enough, and failing to see how I can be better?


Lord, thank You for Your unceasing love and mercy for me. Please open the eyes of my heart so I can see the reality of my soil's condition, be grateful for my good soil and be aware of the soil that still needs more work. Show me how I can do better to receive You into my life, and in turn bring others to You.

As my response to your invitation, Lord, I will record my reflection in a journal,
and bring it to prayer these few days.

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.