16th July 2017 : Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

We are the soil

Farming is an integral part in the life of many people and has contributed much to the of the world’s economy. In effect agriculture is a major priority and is accepted internationally as the main entry point to eradicate poverty. The Parable of the Sower is a familiar story we hear in the three Synoptic Gospels: Matt 13: 1-9; Mk 4:1-20; Lk 8:4-15. In this the Lord illustrates four different types of people. Three of these types of people – those on the way, those on the rock, and those in the thorns, do not bring forth any fruit from the sowing. Only those on the ground, that is, those with rich soil, bring forth fruit and are saved.

In fact, God has sown the seed of His Word and His Kingdom within each one of us. The results also involve our hard work and cooperation with His grace. The image of seed sown reflects the reality of our lives: that is God’s call – and our cooperation with His grace. We are both the soil and the seed. The Living Word has been sown within us, so we must cultivate the ground of our hearts in order to be transformed in the Lord and more fully reflect His Image and Likeness. We are called to grow in holiness and progressively reflect the risen life of Jesus Christ to the world.

Jesus had a plan for our world, his aim is that the seeds should produce Good Fruits. No wonder in Gal 5:22 Paul says the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. Our society has is not yet producing those fruits all the time. Some people allow the devil to take the word from their heart. We must continue to make efforts and God will do the rest for us.

The good news is we are the soil – the ground on which the seeds of God’s message fall upon. God is kind, merciful and patient in His pursuit of our love. He spreads the seeds of His good news even upon our hardened hearts when we have rejected Him or been complacent to His call: God continues to throw seed at us. He pours out his love upon us relentlessly. And when he finds even the smallest patch of good soil in our hearts, he nurtures the Kingdom within us, producing an abundant harvest.

Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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