Be the Rich Soil for God’s Word

Matthew 13:18-23
Jer. 3:14-17 / Jer.31:10-13

To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
(Matthew 13:12)

The seed of God’s Word has been sown
And has taken root in our heart. . .
Christ’s teachings that we now have known
To others we must also impart.

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:18-23)

Reflection

Our Lord used an analogy about Himself Who came to impart God’s Word and the Good News of salvation to the world as a sower who went out to plant seeds. The seeds were scattered into four different soil conditions. The seed that fell along the pathway is God’s Word spoken to people with hardened hearts so trampled by the traffic of the world’s distractions that God’s Word cannot find a root-hold within. The rocky ground refers to those who are initially excited by the new teachings, but due to their lack of commitment, when trials and difficulties come along they are as easily discouraged. The thorn-filled ground refers to the financially strapped as well as the more materially successful that Jesus cites in Matthew 6:32, whose concerns for their material needs or for their riches have displaced any need for their spiritual nourishment. Only those Christians who listen with their hearts, meditate on the sacred teachings, and put them into practice are like the cultivated soil where the seeds of God’s Word will produce a bountiful harvest.

The different kinds of soil upon which the Word of God falls are evident in the kind of people who come and go in our community. The first kind are the ones who attend after much coercion, and by the grim expression on their faces, you’d wish (and they wished) they had never come at all. They squirm in their seats, hoping none of their friends pass by and see them in our assembly. But their behavior makes them stick out like a ruffled feather. The second kind are the “ningas cogon” type, who are so excited as new members, but soon lose steam when things do not happen according to their expectations. They are forever flitting like bees from one community after another. They easily wilt due to their thin layer of commitment. The third kind may be called the ‘what’s-in-it-for-me’ type. They join the Brotherhood expecting some material gain. They stay for a time, asking for prayers for this or that need, and when their prayers are not answered, they give up in trying to seek a deeper understanding of their faith. Many are called but only a few are chosen. The fourth kind are but a few, but they have come to serve, and their ministry is a blessing to the community. The Word of God has taken root in their hearts, and they proclaim it in words and deeds. They have received and understood the Word, and it will not be taken from them, but will bear fruit abundantly in their community and outreaches.

Cultivate our faith, Lord God, that we may become the good soil that you desire for Your Word to take root, and bear fruit a hundredfold for Your kingdom. Amen..

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