09/18/2021 –

Dia dhuit,

I must admit that I do not know a whole lot about farming. I was raised in the city! I can however imagine that your average farmer would be very careful where he scatters seeds, and he would make sure that wherever he sows them that there is adequate light and rainfall etc. Jesus tells us a parable in today’s Gospel, and the farmer seems a little different, if even irresponsible.He is scattering seeds everywhere, indiscriminately, on rocky soil, on the path, among the thorns and also on good soil. Jesus is emphasizing God’s abundant goodness and generosity. He wants to include everyone. Everyone is invited. He loves us all. Sadly, however, the word of God does not take root in everyone’s heart. Jesus explains that some hear God’s word but the devil easily dissuades them. Others greet the word with joy but fall away when a trial or cross comes along. Others are preoccupied by worries, or the riches and pleasures of this life, so the word doesn’t take root in their hearts either. But…..in hearts that are fertile, the word grows and yields a rich harverst. May our hearts always be fertile soil and open to the word of God and yield a harvest through our perseverance.

God bless you,
Fr Marius