Saturday, September 20, 2008

Good Seed

“This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word of God.
Those on the path are the ones who have heard,
but the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts
that they may not believe and be saved.
Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear,
receive the word with joy, but they have no root;
they believe only for a time and fall away in time of temptation.
As for the seed that fell among thorns,
they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along,
they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life,
and they fail to produce mature fruit.
But as for the seed that fell on rich soil,
they are the ones who, when they have heard the word,
embrace it with a generous and good heart,
and bear fruit through perseverance.”
- Luke 8.11-15
Today's Gospel passage was the parable of the good seed. I just thought I'd share a bit of it here, as Jesus explains the meaning of the seed, because I think it is one of the most powerful passages we have in Scripture and shows just how incredible Scripture can be because, let's not forget that these words were spoke 2,000 years ago and they are as relevant today - maybe more so - as they were then.

I would bet that at different times and in different places, different parts of this parable ring more loudly. But, I think it is the seed among thorns that calls out to our time: "As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit."

"Choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life" seems to be almost a mantra of our day, doesn't it? We live in our over programmed world where everything is more important than our relationship with God. I think of something I heard at a youth retreat this summer. The speaker laid out the life plan the world wants to offer: "You have to get good grades, to get into a good college, so you can get a good job, and make a lot of money." This couldn't be further from God's plan for each of us.

It isn't that education, good jobs and financial stability are bad for us, but when they become the goal and not the means, we've upended God's plan for our lives.

I hope for a continued conversion of heart, for myself and for everyone, so that we can all be "the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance."

May God give you peace!!!

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