This week's Gospel is about the parable of the SOWER. Jesus is trying to help the people understand the importance of faith taking root in people's lives. I think He challenges us today......will we have faith during the trials of our current world situation? How does our faith manifest and take root in our lives? Do we have to see to believe? These are questions that came up for me while reading this passage from Matthew 13:1-23. We are challenged in today's crisis to live as people of deep faith or not? What kind of soil are the seeds of faith planted in you and me? How do you love your neighbor or even your enemy? Do we listen but not hear? How do we protect the vulnerable? How do we live in respect for every human? People with deep faith are called to live and share the Gospel. (Sometimes we do not even need words) Below is a video reenactment of this passage from Matthew. Picture yourself with the disciples. What stands out for you?
Here below is a beautiful reflection on this same parable .....most of us have been in all the different types of soil. Thank goodness, God does not ever give up on us!
Lord, plant my seed in good ground! Help me to grow in faith so my relationship with you is not shallow and weak, but a deep and mature faith. Grant me a faith that can move mountains of doubt and oceans of fear. Teach me to triumph over temptation. Help me to believe in you, even when I do not understand the capricious nature of the weather and the cruelty in some people. Lord, I am yours. Take me as I am. Shape me. Make me. Mold me into the person you would have me to be. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior we pray. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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What is Jesus trying to grow in you? What are the things that get in the way?