Cultivating good soil for the Word

– Friday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time –

“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart … But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it …” [Matthew 13:18-19, 23)

Today Jesus gives us the Parable of the Sower. Let us delve into this parable and try to understand what our relationship with the Word of God should be.

Jesus tells us that we have to be a good soil for the Word of God. What does that mean? It means that our hearts and minds have to be a place where God’s word can take root in us. Too often we listen to the Word of God, the Gospel, and we try to memorize it (or at least a little part of it) without really using our hearts and our minds, our intelligence.

The Word of God ought to be received like a secret from God. God loves us and he speaks to us, so let us receive His Word as such. We need to cooperate with this secret by being attentive, loving, and intelligent while using all our capacities to draw out the meaning of what God is trying to tell us.

The Word thus becomes our daily bread and helps us grow in faith, hope, and charity. This parable shows us that God treats us as His friends, leaving it up to us to till, to toil, to remove the rocks, to fertilize and ultimately to bear fruit in abundance. We receive the Word as friends, that is to say, as those who are loved and who wish to love in return.

Let us ask Mary, who received and kept the Word of God in her heart, to teach us how to be a good soil for Jesus, for the Father; happy to bear his divine seed and happy to bear His Gospel for all to experience.

By a sister of Mary Morning Star

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