After reading today’s Gospel earlier this week, perhaps you asked yourself the question: which of the four responses toward the Word of God is mine?
- Am I the kind of Catholic who only hears it for a few minutes during Mass every Sunday and forgets what it was all about after Mass, not really caring about listening to God?
- Am I so busy with my family life, business, sports, TV and internet that I neither pray nor meditate a few minutes a day with my bible?
“A sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up straight away, because there was no depth of earth; but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Listen, anyone who has ears! (Mt 13)
For once, Jesus himself gives the homily right after giving a parable! Let us read further and see where we are at:
“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom without understanding, the evil one comes and carries off what was sown in his heart: this is the man who received the seed on the edge of the path. The one who received it on patches of rock is the man who hears the word and welcomes it at once with joy. But he has no root in him, he does not last; let some trial come, or some persecution on account of the word, and he falls away at once. The one who received the seed in thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this world and the lure of riches choke the word and so he produces nothing. And the one who received the seed in rich soil is the man who hears the word and understands it; he is the one who yields a harvest and produces now a hundredfold, now sixty, now thirty.”
Therefore do I consider myself “good soil” who, like the Blessed Virgin Mary, is thirsty to listen to Jesus every day? If not, do I truly love him?