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."
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).
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 rest.
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
Resolution: I will
renew my effort with whatever prayer commitment I have allowed
to waver or falter the most.