Sowing. Sowing seeds can be a laborious job. They are so tiny it is hard to see where exactly you have planted them. Today’s Gospel from St. Matthew asks us to “Imagine a sower going out to sow.[1] As the sun is pounding down on him blinding him to exactly where he is sowing, he has the same problem we have…not all the seeds fall into rich soil.

We can be blinded too. We can live our life each day not really paying attention to the spiritual seed that is within us. Oh yes, we take care of the outer part but somehow there does not seem to be time to help our inner self grow strong. What a mistake!

Jesus gives us rich soil in which to grow abundantly, to grow abundantly so that we can blossom forth in His Kingdom. The rich soil is grace, a fee gift. A gift only really becomes a gift though when the recipient decides to accept it. If we do not decide to co-operate with his grace – what a mistake!

However, if you do decide to take time for quality prayer, reception of the Sacraments and living a virtuous life, then you will be like the “hills who are girded with joy, the meadows covered with flocks, the valley(s) (are) decked with wheat. They shout for joy, yes, they sing[2] which we hear in today’s Psalm.

In other words, you can live each day in rich soil and no thorns or other deterrents can wash it away. For you are founded, planted if you like, in Christ. He will give you the water of life, the gift of the Holy Spirit so that you grow towards the Father in Him, your Risen Lord. Now that is worth choosing to fall into rich soil.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP



[1] Matt.13:3

[2] Ps.64:12-13


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