God is love. God loves you more than you can ever humanly imagine. His capacity for love is boundless, yet God wills that we know his love. So, he humbled himself. He chose to become man, to dwell among us, to dine with us and to save us from sin and death. He came to plant the seed of this Divine love. Through Jesus of Nazareth, God came into the world to pour out mercy and love for all.
A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. ~ Matt. 13:3-9
In the parable of the sower, Jesus is the sower par excellence. The Word of God is the seed. Our hearts are where the seed will fall. Our heart is the field; thorny, rocky and barren with the consequences of sin, hopefully eager for the fruit of new life.
I will remove the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. ~ Ezekiel 36:26
The seed has one divine source. It has one divine end; communion with God himself. The same seed falls on all. The only difference between seed falling on rocky ground and fertile soil is the willingness of our heart to receive it, to nurture it, to understand it, and to prevent it from being snatched away by the anxieties of the world.
Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. ~ Matt. 13:7
In the book of Genesis we read it is because of the sin of Adam the ground now brings forth thorn and thistle. In choosing their will over Gods, the original sin of Adam and Eve has separated humanity from the love of God. Jesus is the long-awaited messiah. The one to restore all things to God. Jesus is the new Adam (1 Cor. 15:45) sowing the rocky, barren, thorny soil (hearts) of the earth with the Word of God. Through this parable Jesus is teaching the restoration of “Paradise” on earth, the “Kingdom of God”, “The Church” in a fallen world. The seed is being sown.
Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen! ~ Matt. 13:3-9
Our Christian struggle now becomes the fight we have within ourselves daily to nurture this seed to maturity. To let go of all unhealthy attachments, to accept the graces of God, to repent, and be freed from our sins. You are temples of God. You are called to carry Gods presence, the Holy Spirit, within yourself. You are holy. His presence transforms us and those we interact with each day. But our daily choices of sin injures and destroys the presence of God’s spirit in our temple. We lose our holiness and the seed God once planted slowly withers and can even die without constant care.
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring (seed) and hers (seed) ~ Genesis 3:15
We also read in the book of Genesis that after the fall of man, God has put enmity between the seed of the woman, fulfilled in Mary through Jesus and all those who follow him, and the seed of the devil, all those who follow him and the ways of the world. It will be the seed of the woman who will defeat and crush the seed of the serpent, the devil. Jesus is the seed of the woman, Mary. Jesus, in his life, death and resurrection, crushed the head of satan. Now, those who believe and are baptized into the body of Christ, the Church, become seed of the woman, adopted sons, the progeny of the promise, the children of God! Consider yourself now as “seed” of the “woman”!
As Christians we are adopted into the family of God. We are watered and nourished from the river of graces flowing from God, through the Church and in the sacraments. Reflect on the ways that perhaps you may limit the grace of God from flowing into your life, whether through sin or unhealthy attachments. God desires us to be fruitful. How can we bare fruit if we neglect the seed, The Word of God working in and through us.
Resolve today, to begin the process of pruning those things from your life, to cultivate good habits, to accept God’s graces into your life and to enrich the soil of your heart so you can go forth and allow God to bring forth an abundant harvest.
Today, if only you would hear his voice, harden not your hearts ~ Psalm 95:8