"The Seed, The Soil and The Sower"
In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us the parable of the sower of the seeds. This scripture reading is quite unique. With most parables we are left to discern the message that Jesus wishes to impart. Not so with this reading. Jesus goes on to explicitly explain the meaning of this parable to all us. This parable is as true today as it was then.
The parable of the sower is an 'allegory' about the Kingdom of God. The man represents God and the seed is His message. Just as a planted seed starts to grow, the word of God starts to deepen and grow within a person.
Some seeds fell on the path and the birds ate it. The seed on the path represents people who hear the message, but it is immediately lost. They hear it, but they don’t get it!
Some seeds fell on rocky ground where there was little soil. The seed soon sprouted, but when the sun came up it burnt the young plants. This seed represents people who respond with initial enthusiasm, but the word of God does not sink in deep. When persecution or hard times (represented by the sun) come along they give up at once. People cannot commit to the Christian lifestyle. They are initially attracted but give up when the going gets tough.
Others again, and they are many, are like the seeds that fell among the briars and thorns. They accepted the faith and it took root in them, but later, "the cares of the world and the delight in riches chokes the word and it proves unfruitful,"—these are our Lord's own words.
The last group of Christians are like the seeds sown on good soil. They not only accept Christ and his teaching, but they live up to it, and, no matter what happens in their life, they are faithful to it. These will produce fruit and will earn for themselves eternal happiness.
Each one of us can investigate our own hearts today and ask ourselves, to what group of Christians do I belong to? Are some of us perhaps, like the seed that fell on the rocky ground? When Christianity makes few difficult demands, we are all for it, but when it demands discipline, the curbing of passion, real sacrifices for our neighbor, do we forget our Christian calling then and ignore its precepts? And how does our type of Christianity stand up to the temptations of the world? Are we chasing after wealth and power or have we placed Christ at the very centre of our lives?
God invites everyone to hear the good news of Jesus and celebrate the wonderful message of salvation. Jesus teaches us that those that hear the word, understand it, and place it as the central organizing priority of their life, will bear fruit and yield a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. With that confidence we can look forward to the eternal happiness that awaits us in heaven—all because of God’s great love for us in Jesus!
My prayer for you this week is that you will be truly blessed because you have eyes that see the presence of God and ears that hear the message of Jesus. “But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.” Matt 13:16
God bless you folks, Father Gerard