Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!” “Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
Food For Thought:
Anyone that has done any type of gardening knows that there is a lot of work in gardening. First, you have to till the soil, get the ground ready for planting. Second, you have to plant the seeds. Third, you have to sit and wait. Fourth, the plants bloom. As you can tell, this whole seed thing takes a lot of work. So it is with our spiritual lives. We have to first, till the soil, and get our hearts and minds prepared for God. Second, we have to do some work (read the Bible, pray, visit people, serve people, etc…). Third, you have sit and wait. We have to be patient with our spiritual lives, it doesn’t happen overnight. Lastly, we can see how our spiritual life deepens when we immerse ourselves in spiritual practices.
Ancient Gardener, your holy word is planted in our hearts as good seed in fertile soil. So nurture us that we may bear fruit abundantly. In your precious name we pray, Amen.