Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091716.cfm
When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable. “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold.” After saying this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”
Then his disciples asked him what the meaning of this parable might be. He answered, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.
“This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word of God. Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved. Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe only for a time and fall away in time of temptation. As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit. But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.”
We are to be seed planters for the Lord. He asks us to only plant the seed of His word. But we also have to plant the seed in our own heart, water, nurture and help it to grow by studying the word of God, listening when the Lord speaks to us and living that word. Are you a seed planter? What seed is in your heart?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that my life plants the seed of your word and your love in others. I know I do not spend enough time in your word, but I try listen to your voice. Help me Lord, to do better, to plant seeds in those who do not want to hear it, bring you to those who most need it. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.