Christ’s death on Calvary is called the final sacrifice. In the first reading from Hebrews 10, we read about how “this one [Christ] offered one sacrifice for sins.” The reading today ends with this: “Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer offering for sin.” As Jesus said from the cross, “It is finished.”
The Gospel reading today from Mark 4 is the parable of the sower. Jesus tells the story of a man who sowed seeds in many different places. He then explains the parable. His final words are, “But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”
God’s word can be hard to accept. Many today like to pick and choose which things they like and hang on to those, but reject the things they don’t like so much. Perhaps this is what Jesus meant when talking about how some would bear greater amounts of fruit than others. Sure, bearing thirty-fold is good, but if we can bear a hundredfold, why wouldn’t we? Who knows? Maybe the more of God’s word we accept, the more fruit we will bear for the Kingdom.
Father, we want to bear fruit a hundredfold. Help us to accept all of your word, and put it into action in our lives today. Amen.