Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Soil

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:"A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear." Matthew 13:1-9

Reflection:
Since Jesus is the sower of seed, what soil are we then. His parable today gives us an idea of how we live and how we develop in faith.

The Word of God is the seed, some of us do not even hear it, when it is sprinkled around. Such as when bits and pieces are written for encouragement. We see every now and then quotes to send us on our way. But many times they go unheeded and unnoticed.

We have come to those that see and hear the Word, it touches the heart, but soon dissipates. It's like getting wet in the rain, but then we soon dry off and forget that we were once wet.

Then we have those who hear the Word of God, know how to live it, but are passive and easily swayed. They hear but do not follow. The world is their word to live by. They live among the thorns that choke out the Word. They let people choke out the Word of God in their lives.

Now we come to those who hear the Word of God and live it. They proclaim his Word, they follow faithfully, they produce fruit for the Kingdom of God. They are happy to know God and live his Word.

Which soil are we? That the Word of God will take root in and produce everlasting fruit. Since Jesus is the sower and he sends out the seeds of love, are we going to nourish this seed so it will come to be a full blossomed tree. Or do we want to be a withered, dying tree, with no fruit at all.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

MARIE CECILE
Well written.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Lord Jesus, may we all be fertile ground to receive Thy Holy Word. Bless Marie Cecile and all those who visit her Blog. May everyone who reflects on her words come to a greater knowledge and love of You who are King of kings and Lord of lords.

Amen.

Susan said...

I know Paul Melanson. Here's a good link: www.faithfulvoice.com/near.htm

Thanks for the prayer Paul!!!

Sue

Marie Cecile said...

Dear Paul,

Thank you for the kind words and prayer. I went to the link Susan put on here and read your article, it's very good.

I thank you for the blessing, is it ok to blush now. And Jesus truly is the King of Heaven and Earth.

God love you,

Marie Cecile

P.S. Thank you Susan for the link.

Susan said...

Sure thing Marie. Paul has been fighting anti-Semitism as well here in NH. Check out this link to an article on the Saint Benedict Center in Richmond, NH:

http://fringewatcher.blogspot.com/2006/01/feeneyite-connection.html

Sue