Fifteenth Sunday 2017
The seed is the word of God. Christ is the sower.
We all have experienced different responses to our offerings of friendship and love. Some people are distant and do not want to enter any relationship. Others are hard to get to know but will become friends over time. Still others appear to be friends but only in good times. A few people will become true friends and stand-by you no matter what.
The parable of the sower is asking us about our relationship with the Lord. He offers his love and friendship freely to all. But, how do we respond? Sometimes we are afraid of the Lord or feel unworthy, so we hold back. Life has hardened our hearts so much that we reject what we most desire: intimacy with God. Other times we think that there will be a time in the future when we will take God more seriously, but not now, and we try to just enjoy life and not think of the Lord. Still other times we accept the Lord while everything is going as we want in our lives, but immediately question and then reject God when there are difficulties and challenges.
No matter where we find ourselves, Christ continues sowing the seeds of his love. He wants us to be happy, to be fulfilled, by allowing him within us. So, it’s time to let-go of our fears, hurts and disappointments in life which condemn us to unhappiness, anger and frustration and allow God to love us right now and always.
Believing that God loves each of us just as we are, is the sign of being “good soil” which allows him to grow within us. He will stand by each of us no matter what. God is faithful and wants to make our lives fertile and fruitful as he promised through the prophet Isaiah and bring us out of slavery into the glorious freedom of the children of God in the words of St. Paul.
Just work at being good soil by believing: “God loves me just the way I am. Always.”
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC