In the Gospel today, Jesus said something that is very important. After giving the parable of the seeds and the sower, and when he was alone, those around him and the twelve asked him about the parables. In reply Jesus said do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables? Understanding the parable of the seeds and the sower is the key to understanding the other parables. What did Jesus mean by this parable then?
For one, it means God is generous. He sows his word wherever he goes. God speaks to us in every circumstance in our lives. Jesus also said the word is heard. But whether the seed bears fruit or not depends on where it lands. If our hearts are hard, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word. There was no time for the word to even settle down. When our hearts are rocky, we hear the word and receive it with joy, but the word will not take root because the heart is controlled by emotions. Once the persecution begins on account of the word, immediately, they fall away. The word immediately is used again.
Those that fell among thorns hear the word but the worries of this world choke it. Worldly affairs distract and choke the word in the heart. For this, the seed grew into a tree, but there is no fruit. The last fell on good soil and they:
- Hear the word. Like all the other seeds, the word was heard.
- Accept it. The one who heard accepted the word. The protected it from being snatched by the devil, they took the time to remove the rocks in their hearts so the word will grow. They got rid of the thorns that prevent it from bearing fruit. Their main concern is bearing fruit for the Lord.
- Bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold. And they did bear fruit, a lot!
Jesus is God who speaks to us. His word is a gift to us and our reception of it determines what it will do for us and to us. The First Reading tells us: This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts and I will write them on their minds… I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more. The author refers to the forgiveness of our sins once and for all when Jesus offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins.
Jesus is God and he is human. He died to take away our sins. But we need to receive his word of forgiveness so the seed of his word can bear fruit in our lives. Are you seeking forgiveness of past sins? Are you seeking for transformation of your life or situation. Do not be afraid. Open your heart to Jesus and let his word fall on your heart. Let Jesus transform you. Do not feel inadequate because Jesus is the One who transforms you. All you have to do is give him permission to do so. St Angela Merici said: Do not lose heart, even if you should discover that you lack qualities necessary for the work to which you are called. He who called you will not desert you, but the moment you are in need he will stretch out his saving hand. God is faithful. He calls you and he will not abandon you.
Lord, I want your word to transform my heart. Let me bear fruit so you can be glorified. Should my heart be hard and full of thorns, Lord, transform it.