Today’s Thoughts: Our parable in today’s Gospel is a very familiar one, “The Sower and the Seed.” If you read the long form of today’s Gospel you will hear Jesus explain the parable to his disciples. On the one hand, we can use Jesus’ interpretation and look at the different soils that the sower faces while trying to plant the seed as people we encounter in life. Some of whom do not allow God in for some reason and so faith cannot grow or mature.
However, I sometimes look at this parable a little differently. I look at the different conditions of the soil that the sower encounters not as people but as conditions of our own hearts. Sometimes our hearts don’t allow the grace, the presence, the mercy, the compassion, the forgiveness, the healing, the love of God to take root, to grow. We sometimes have hardness of heart (foot path). We sometimes have rocks and boulders, (sins) that get in the way of the seed. We sometimes have weeds and thorns (the stuff or things of our lives) that choke of the presence of God. These different conditions of our hearts can be obstacles to God’s presence or in one case “the good soil” our hearts can be open to the presence of God in our life. The good soil allows God’s word, presence, grace, mercy, forgiveness, healing and love to take root and grow.
Perhaps Jesus is asking us today to look at the condition of our own hearts. Are they ready to allow God to take root and grow or is there hardness, rocks and boulders, and weeds and thorn bushes in the way?
Have a blessed and holy Sunday everyone!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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