Saturday, September 22, 2007

Sowing the Seeds of Faith

And when a very great multitude was gathered together, and hastened out of the cities unto him, he spoke by a similitude. The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

And other some fell upon a rock: and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And other some fell among thorns, and the thorns growing up with it, choked it. And other some fell upon good ground; and being sprung up, yielded fruit a hundredfold. Saying these things, he cried out: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him what this parable might be. To whom he said: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to the rest in parables, that seeing they may not see, and hearing may not understand.

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. And they by the way side are they that hear; then the devil cometh, and taketh the word out of their heart, lest believing they should be saved. Now they upon the rock, are they who when they hear, receive the word with joy: and these have no roots; for they believe for a while, and in time of temptation, they fall away. And that which fell among thorns, are they who have heard, and going their way, are choked with the cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and yield no fruit. But that on the good ground, are they who in a good and perfect heart, hearing the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit in patience.

Luke 8:4-15 (Douay-Rheims)


Dear Father teach me to embrace your Holy Word when I hear it. That I may carry out your will in my life. Jesus gave us this parable of seeds for a reason. Dear Father as I have encountered this parable I've always let it take root within my soul. Throughout my life I've done my best to be the part that rich soil Jesus speaks of. I know that when I heard this parable I made up my mind to be this. It is this then the choice I have made to let the seed of God's Word take root and grow. I have watched throughout my life the presence of your love and kept my ears open to your Word. Dear Father teach me to be ever fruitful on your behalf and continue to let the seed of faith grow in my heart and love will always be the resulting fruit. Amen

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