On that day, Jesus went out of the
house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds
gathered around him that he got into a boat
and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the
shore. And he spoke to them at length in
parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow. And
as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and
birds came and ate it up. Some fell on
rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up
at once because the soil was not deep, and
when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered
for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns,
and the thorns grew up and choked it. But
some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a
hundred or sixty or thirty fold. Whoever has ears
ought to hear."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, my prayer will “work”
only if I have humility in your presence. So
I am approaching you with meekness and humility of
heart. I have an infinite need for you and your
grace. Thinking about this helps me grow in humility.
I trust in you and your grace. Thank you
for the unfathomable gift of your love.
Petition: Lord, may
I always respond to your grace in my heart
with fervor and active love.
1. Tears of a Sower:
Imagine Jesus preaching to the crowds, hoping for a
positive response, but instead witnessing many people turning a
deaf ear to his message of salvation. One day he
is thinking about this as he watches a farmer
sowing seed. He sees birds come immediately and take
some away. He sees previously sown seed scorched by the
sun. He sees some sprouts strangled by weeds. He
then remembers the faces and perhaps even the names
of people who heard his message, but who chose not
to respond or whose response was short-lived. We are
reminded of another Gospel passage: “As he drew near
Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying
‘If this day you only knew what makes for
peace -- but now it is hidden from your
eyes’” (Luke 19:41).
2. Rebellion or Rest: The admonition to
heed the word of God is frequent in Scripture.
In the Book of Hebrews the author warns us
to “harden not your hearts as at the rebellion in
the day of testing in the desert.” The people
of Israel responded in this unfortunate way after the
exodus from Egypt. “They have always been of erring heart,
and they do not know my ways. As I
swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter into my
rest’” (Cf. Hebrews 3: 7-11). This helps us foster
a healthy fear of the Lord, encouraging us to
work hard to conquer all hardness of heart and remain
close to Christ so as to enter into his
3. Fruits of Virtue: “But some seed fell on
rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or
thirty-fold.” The fruit that Our Lord wishes us to
produce are virtues inspired by faith, hope and love.
If we are growing in virtue each day in imitation
of Christ and for love of him, we can
be sure we are heeding his voice and are
pleasing in his eyes. The greatest of all virtues is
charity, a practical and effective love for our neighbor.
We can contemplate the lives of the saints to
see how these fruits are played out in a way
truly pleasing to Christ.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, you know how easy it is for
me to allow mediocrity to slip into my life. The
cares and worries of life often push you and
your kingdom to a secondary plane. Grant me the
habit of carving out time for you in prayer each
day, and carving out space for you in my
life and the lives of those under my care.
Resolution: I will renew my effort with whatever
prayer commitment I have allowed to waver or falter