Where is the Seed Being Thrown?
There is a story about a fussy vegetarian. This fussy vegetarian was never satisfied with any of the fruit or vegetables she bought. They were either too ripe or not ripe enough, too big or too small. She was never happy.
Then one day she drove past a new store with a sign that said: God’s Fruit and Vegetable Stand. “Finally,” she said, “I can get some decent vegetables and fruit.” But when she entered the store – she didn’t see any fruits or vegetables. So she walked up to a counter and there stood God. And she placed her order: “I would like some perfect broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and apples – as well as some nice crisp perfect lettuce.” God replied, “Sorry, but I only have seeds here.”
Today’s Gospel is about the Parable of the Sower. God of course, is the Sower, and He sows the “seeds” of His gifts and graces in our hearts and minds. But we have to be able to receive these Gifts and Graces – and be able to grow them. It simply is not enough just to hear the Word of God. We have to let it grow within us.
It is simply not enough to receive the Sacraments, which are God’s channels of grace; we have to be channels of grace to others. It is not enough to hear the Word of God; we have to be the living people of God’s Word.
The Divine Sower is constantly throwing His gifts and grace out to us – but they need good soil capable of growing these gifts and graces. God’s spiritual seeds cannot grow in a heart that is hardened by indifference to goodness and holiness. Nor can God’s spiritual seeds grow in a mind that has become a cesspool of immorality and sin. The Divine Sower is constantly sowing His seeds of Gifts and Graces, but is our heart capable of receiving them?