Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 13,18-23
Jesus said to His disciples: “Hear then the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”
1) The seed. Jesus is that seed that someone sowed in your heart and it took root deeply. It could have been your grandmother, mom, or dad who sowed Jesus in your heart. I think of all the grannies who have taught their grandchildren to pray; to talk to Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Pope John Paul II, for example, always saw his father on his knees praying the Rosary. In short, someone, at some point, sowed Jesus in your heart. This seed, that is Jesus, grows in you and with you. He will always accompany you. Allow Jesus to bear fruit through you and with you. Without Him, we can’t do much.
2) Bacteria. Bad attitudes, such as activism and narcissism, are like bacteria that do not allow the seed to prosper in you. The devil plants pride in you, and that leads you away from reality. The same spotlight that you have pointing at you burns up the seed that is Jesus. Because you want to be in the spotlight; you want to be the center of attention, the seed cannot grow.
3) Fruit. The one who works with the Lord and who knows what he or she has within them, will produce abundant fruit. If you allow that seed, that is Jesus, to grow within you, it will lead you to give a fruit that satisfies multitudes; that quenches their thirst, and that gives joy and strength. Can you tell me five concrete instances in which you produced fruit this week? If you can mention them, it means that you are caring for that seed, and you are watering it every day.
God bless you in the name of The Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit…and do not forget: Heaven is Our Goal!