Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-+1619) Patron of Brindisi, Italy
Book of Exodus 16:1-5-19, Psalm 78:18-19, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28, & Matthew 13:1-9
Today's Gospel narrative is the parable of the sower. The sower seeds his field, and some seed falls on the footpath, some on rocky ground, some on thorny ground, and some on good soil. A farmer sows his seed in all directions as he walks up and down the field. As a result, we can understand how some took root, and other seeds did not. Jesus uses examples for the benefit of the listeners of His Word.
God is the sower. The seed is God's Word and Kingdom. The different types of ground are the various ways we accept God's Word, yielding fruit from us accordingly.
The point of the story, despite the outcome, is God's Kingdom. After all, it is God's work, and in the end, the yield will be astounding. Rather than being a story about us, the parable is a story about Himself, a statement of Jesus' trust in His Father, of Jesus' refusal to give in to the discouragement that must have tempted Him. It is a message that all Christians, particularly those in any ministry, need to take to heart. Things often do seem pretty bleak within the Church and the world at large. We have to trust—as Jesus does. That is the message our Lord had for His listeners, and it is a message just as timely for Christians today.
Question of the Day: How will you become sowers of God's Holy Word to others?
Prayer: "The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower; all who come to him will live forever."