Saint Sharbel Makhlūf, Priest (Optional Memorial)
Hear the parable of the sower. (Matthew 13:18)
Seeds are miraculous, aren’t they? Take corn: the seed itself is very small, but locked inside is everything necessary to proliferate itself hundreds of times over. When the seed germinates, it doesn’t look like much, but at full maturity, the corn plant will be around eight feet tall and have roots that can go six feet down into the ground! All of that potential is tucked inside a very modest package. One ear of corn contains on average of eight hundred kernels, each of which can grow its own plant and continue the process!
Today, Jesus tells us that his word is like a seed sown into our hearts. His word may be “compact,” but it has locked within itself everything necessary to grow, blossom, and bear immense fruit in our lives.
Now, in agriculture, the quality of the ground where the seed falls is important. So a farmer tills his field and removes the weeds. This gives the seed an advantage and helps the farmer not to have to hover over his crop, constantly trying to improve it until sprouts appear. He does what he needs to do and leaves the rest to God.
It’s a similar story for us. The seed of God’s word needs the right environment if it’s going to bear fruit in our hearts. But let’s not forget that we already have God’s life in us through Baptism. Not to mention, there are regular, everyday things we can do (like prayer) that can keep our “soil” healthy. But in the end, while our efforts can have a positive impact, there is so much power packed into God’s word that even if our garden still has some weeds, God’s life-transforming force can still work wonders.
So rejoice! When you hear God’s word today, picture a seed being planted in your heart. It’s so full of life that it can’t help but burst forth with all the grace and blessing that God has packed into it. Open yourself to the power of this word, and believe that just one seed can transform your life!
“Heavenly Father, open my eyes to the life-giving potential you have packed into your word. Let it transform me today.”~WAU