We read more about the one sacrifice of Christ in our first reading today from Hebrews 10. In the Gospel reading today from Mark 4, Jesus tells the parable of the sower of the seeds.
After telling this parable, the disciples didn’t understand. Jesus seems a bit perturbed. But He explains the parable to them. He starts out, “The sower sows the word.” Then He goes on to explain about the different places where the word fell. If you’re not familiar, you can read Jesus’ explanation for yourself. I have always felt that, at some point in our lives, we may each have experienced the different conditions that Jesus describes. It is my greatest hope that today you and I fall into the category of the rich soil, where the seed takes root and bears fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.
What also strikes me is our dual role in this parable. As Christians, as evangelists, I hope that we are not just receivers of the seed (word), but sowers also. As we receive the word and it bears fruit in us, we must then take on the role of sower. We are tasked with sowing the seed to other lives and places. This always reminds me of the story of Johnny Appleseed. You remember, the guy who went around sowing apple seeds everywhere he went. We need to think of ourselves as Johnny Wordseed. We must sow the word everywhere we go. It’s not our job to worry about what happens to the seed. Our job is simply to sow and pray, sow and pray.
Father, we thank you that your Word has taken root in us. Help us to bear fruit for the Kingdom. Give us the grace to sow the seed of your Word, and rejoice as it bears fruit in others. Amen.