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How’s Your Seedbed?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Memorial of Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

“This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word of God.” (Luke 8:11)

So, how’s your seedbed? Today’s Gospel talks about what happens to seeds planted in various soils and conditions. Most don’t do very well because the seedbed is not helpful to the growth of the seed.

Can we make the same argument for how well we can hear God’s word and call to us? Have we let our souls get trampled down or thorny? Do we put ourselves in positions and places that are unhealthy for us? Do we let anxieties and worries make us far too self-focused?

In addition to laying out what happens to most seeds, Jesus also issues the challenge: “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.” That seems a good wake up call to us. We have some responsibility to make sure our seedbed is receptive and ready to nurture the seed of God’s word so that we can “embrace it with a generous and good heart and bear fruit through perseverance.”

Loving God,

let me hear and embrace Your Word each day

Jerry Klein
Delegate for Communications and Social Ministries, Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls

1 CORINTHIANS 15:35-37, 42-49 • PSALM 56:10C-12, 13-14 • LUKE 8:4-15

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