Many remember the percolating style of coffee makers. You would have to get that center post just right so the water would heat and rise to the top and spray over the coffee grounds. If you had the kind of coffee maker that would work on a wood stove or sit on a gas burner you would really have to watch to make sure the percolating did not get too intense. On the other hand, you could make the coffee as strong as you wanted. And then to help mellow the taste a little people would throw their eggshells into the coffee grounds too. You could make coffee that was so weak it would look a little like tea. Or so strong that a spoon would stand up in it. I find this very descriptive of today’s readings.
When we first hear the Word of God, we take it into our hearts and over time begin to try to understand the words given us. Ever notice that when we hear the same readings a few years later they mean something totally different to us? We need time to let the words sink into our hearts, to percolate if you will. That is because the Word of God is alive and vibrant and always forming our hearts and conscious.
As we mature in faith, we see the Word of God working in our hearts. And as our faith matures, we come to understand how God is reaching out to us, asking us to respond to Him. The Catholic Church has the fullness of the revelation of Christ, but we may not always understand or are able to comprehend all that God has given us. Spend time with scripture. Let it percolate in your minds and hearts.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen