(From Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23):
“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
“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.”
People need to pay attention to their soil. Is it fertile or shallow? Love for God creates a beautiful crop to share with others. Shallow ground creates nothing worthwhile. The sower needs to be careful to protect his crop from weeds. Too often, they can take over if we let them. The moral of the story is to plant many seeds because not all will take to good soil. Never give up or be discouraged because God will always be there for us. He sees the seeds we sow with our heart. He knows our every thought, so if the soil is rotten, nothing healthy will grow there. I am a tiny, ordinary seed that will grow to extraordinary heights thanks to the power, grace, mercy and love of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The work is plentiful and not easy, so hold on tight to the plow because He will keep your row straight and your harvest bigger than you could ever imagine possible. Don’t let the weeds in life get in your way or take over. They need to be pulled out and discarded. The growing season is short, so let’s make the best of it! Plant all you can. To hell with those weeds! They need to be stepped on for thinking they can overpower anything God has planned for your beautiful garden.