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
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe in your Incarnation.
You became flesh for love of us. You were
not forced to leave the bliss and glory of
heaven. You chose to leave in order to save us.
I believe in you. I hope in you. I
love you. You took the first step of love toward
me. I want to respond in kind.
Grant me the grace to follow you with conviction
1. Sheltering the Word in My Heart: Our
Lord often speaks of the enemy of God, the
devil, as a real being, who has real influence
over our lives. When we hear the Word of God,
good intentions grow within us. The Evil One attempts
to “steal” these intentions away from our heart. The
Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that the
devil and demons made a radical and irrevocable free
choice to reject God and his reign (no. 392). The
devil tries to uproot our good resolutions with the
same goal in mind. We must make a firm commitment
to allow God’s word to take root and grow
in our lives.
2. Convictions over Emotions: The seed sown
on rocky ground represents those who receive the word
with joy at first, in other words, those easily governed
by emotions and sentiments. When they feel joy, they
respond to God positively. When they receive comforts from
Christ, they are ready to follow him. But when their
moods are bad or gloomy, they leave aside their
previous resolutions and abandon the Lord for the wide
and spacious road of ease and comforts. They are not
seeking Christ but rather their own consolation. Above all
they want warm, cozy feelings. Christ shows us the
way of true loyalty and love by his crucifixion
and death on the cross for love of his Father
3. Oxygen for the Soul: One of the
saddest categories of people in the Parable of the
Sower are those who receive the word but allow “worldly
anxiety and the lure of riches” to “choke the
word” so that it “bears no fruit” in their
lives. Materialism is an all-pervasive temptation in our world today.
The only way to conquer this assault on our
faith is to make the firm resolution to make
time for God. We must make the proactive decision to
insert moments for him in our day. Prayer, the
sacraments (Mass, confession), spiritual reading and the Rosary are
examples of ways to do this.
Christ: Lord Jesus, in my mind you
are my first priority. In reality, though, I allow other
priorities to topple your rightful position in my life.
I allow my feelings to govern my actions instead
of my faith and convictions. Strengthen my resolve to make
you the True King of my heart in my
concrete choices and decisions.
Resolution: I will
go over my daily and weekly schedule and, if
necessary, make more quality time for the Lord.