How is your Soil? ~ by Fr. Bryan Wolf

A farmer went out to sow seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path and the birds came by and ate it up. Some fell on the rocky places, where there was little soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow, and when the sun came up, the plants scorched and withered because they had no root.  Other seeds fell among the thorns, which grew but were choked by the other plants. But some seed on good soil, and produced fruit- a hundred, sixty or thirty fold what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear. ”  Matthew 13:3-9

Christ many times speaks to us in parables. Short simple illustrative stories, so that we might remember an important lesson. Like His story for us today. Which, if we were farmers, is a valuable lesson on how to properly plant seed.  Be deliberate and look for good soil.  Growing up as a child, I planted many a garden in my backyard and many a time watched in disappointment as my flowers failed. Do not get me wrong, sometimes they did bloom spectacularly but such required tending and a lot of work. If we look deeper into Jesus’ words, we find His true lesson.

Christ is sowing his seed is his message of hope, love and eternal life, within us. It is our hearts, mind and souls which are the soil of which He speaks. How is our soil? Is it good soil?

Are you open and receptive to God and the message of Jesus Christ? Or do you just “go through the motions” of being a Christian, like the seeds falling along the path? Hearing God’s message, but just letting it blow away from you in the wind or leaving it behind to be eaten by birds? Not being bothered by serious spiritual things, for there are more important things to do today.

Are you like rocky hard soil? The world has become a violent place. Our lives caught up in the bombardment of media, tragic news and desperate situations abound. Where is the mercy and justice of God? Have you become cynical and skeptical? Has your heart turned into a thorny field, where you doubts and uncertainties choke out the passionate prayer of Christ’s message?

God is an excellent farmer. God has created all the world in its beauty and majesty. Without doubt His seed- His message, His word… is good. Every seed has potential. Every person can grow into a marvelous and wonderful creation of God- loving, caring and merciful.

But we must always be attentive to the seed God has planted. Every garden needs to be nourished, watered, weeded and watched. The seed must be allowed to take root, so God’s word can grow and prosper. Then like the wildflowers sown in a summer field, God’s love, majesty and mercy will spread.

Tend to the seed which Christ has planted. Let it take root within you. Nourish it. Encourage it. Feel it. Love it. So that you- and indeed the fruit of God himself, can grow and prosper within the world. Check your soil. Tend to the seed. And has Christ has told us, ” Whoever has ears, let them hear. ”  Amen.

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