Saturday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
1 Timothy 6:13-16, Psalm 100:2, 3, 4-5, & Luke 8:4-15
In today's Gospel narrative of Saint Luke, the parable of the sower is a very familiar story. Parables stories convey moral principles. I remember my grandfather teaching me the importance of sowing seeds in good, fertile ground, nurturing those plants, and eventually yielding the crop. In the same way, Jesus teaches us how God plants the seeds of His Holy Word within each of us.
The four conditions for the sowing (path, rocky ground, thorns, and good soil) all have something to say about planting God's Word in our lives. When we think of sowing seed on a path or trail, we might think about how easy it is to have a habitual routine of placing one foot in front of the other on one's life path without much thought or reflection as to how to live with a generous and pure heart. On the rocky ground, as Jesus said, the seeds fell withered from a lack of moisture. We must consider the need to have adequate roots to keep one balanced in times of need. When turmoil runs high and we stumble on the rocks, it is difficult to uncover evidence of a generous and pure heart. As we know, thorns are particularly challenging and unpredictable in the garden. They snag your clothes and turn up when you least expect them. Jesus said that seeds sown among the thorns might end up choked like one 'caught' by the temptations of life.
How then do we plant seeds in good soil where God's Word can thrive and grow, allowing us to embrace Him with generous and pure hearts? For many, the challenge is to be present in the moment and mindful in our lives—every day. While God may be present in all things in our lives, if we are not attentive to His presence, we will likely be the seeds on the path, on the rocks, or in the thorns. Like a garden that needs tending to keep the soil rich, we, too, need to be mindful in preparing ourselves to hear, accept and act on God's Word.
Question of the Day: How will you bear good fruit even though you may encounter the "rocky ground and thorny" moments of your life?
Prayer: "Blessed are they who have kept the Word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance."