Seed falling on good ground
Posted by prepareformass on July 6, 2008
Prepare for Mass – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
The word of God is described as going out as rain and snow which don’t return until they have watered the earth. The word of God does not return void rather achieving the end for which it is sent.
Everyone is called to enter into the Kingdom of God. To enter it one must accept Jesus’ word. Jesus describes in the parable of the sower the disposition of the little flock who have truly received the kingdom of God sown in his heart.
The different types of ground that the seed (the word of God) falls upon such as “the path”, “rocky ground”, “thorns”, and “rich soil” describes the disposition of each person in all of humanity who is called by God into His kingdom. Seed sown on rich soil is described as the one that both hears the word and understands it. The disposition of the one who hears and understands is that of a humble little one.
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 thirtyfold.”
Paragraph 1724 of The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us how through the Grace of the Holy Spirit, by our everyday acts, by the working of Christ’s word, we slowly bear fruit in the Church to the glory of God. The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest!
Send forth Thy spirit and they shall be created; And Thou shalt
renew the face of the earth. For the Lord will give goodness;
And our earth shall yield her fruit.