Sowing the Good Seed

Luke 8: 4-15
1 Tim 6: 13-16 / Ps 100

Some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold.
(Luke 8:8)

In virtuous hearts, God’s fertile soil,
The Word of Jesus shall take root.
By His grace and by our toil
We’ll reap the Holy Spirit’s fruit.

Our Lord’s parable of the sower was a lesson about hearing the Word of God, and being able to understand His message of salvation. Jesus clearly demonstrated in this parable that only a few would be transformed by the Gospel, for the following reasons: 1) Some seed fell along the path, trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Many listeners were not interested. His message fell on deaf ears; they were just curious to see the wonders He was performing, but they were not too keen on trying to understand His words. 2) Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Those who did hear and were moved by His words stayed on to learn more. But when other matters came up, especially their finances or livelihood, they lost interest and left. Their ground of interest was too thin to support any roots of commitment. 3) Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. These people heard the Word and were interested, and had the good sense to stay on. But they could not bear fruit because they still held on to their worldly concerns (and vices), and so their faith lacked the nourishment from the Holy Spirit that only the truly devoted can receive.

Reflection

Only the seed that fell on good soil yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown. But the seed was fruitful not because of one’s eloquence or knowledge of the Scriptures, but because of the power of the Word itself. The writer of Hebrews said it clearly: “The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12) For a number of years now, I have been sending Gospel reflections daily to many people through the internet. I am so grateful to the Holy Spirit for sustaining the enthusiasm and inspiration to write, at times deep into the night. I have learned that all it needs is to keep an open mind and an open heart, and God’s message will flow in. I have no idea how many people bother to read these reflections, much less pass it on to others. Or even break out their bibles to read the Gospel for the day (which is the main reason for sending out these reflections. Only a few take the trouble to email back their appreciation or comments. I know most of them are just too busy, or simply uninterested in getting to know the Lord better, or just can’t serve both God and mammon. But I’d like to believe that there are others who read them everyday, together with their bible, and pass on the message to many more, maybe thirty, sixty or a hundredfold.

Lord, as Your servant St. Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16) Help me to do my best to give a more personal perspective of Your Gospel messages, so that others may also come to believe. Amen.

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