Today's Gospel reading is the parable of the sower from Mark 4. Jesus tells a story of a man who goes out and sows seeds all over. The seeds fall in many different places and the results vary.
The disciples don't understand the parable, so Jesus explains it to them. He tells them, "The sower sows the word." I like to think of these seeds sown as being seeds of grace. For some, Satan comes and steals the seeds; they bear no fruit. For others, the seeds bear fruit, but only for a short time. Things get in the way. For a few, the seeds take root and bear great fruit.
I believe God is always sowing seeds of grace in our lives. He uses many different vehicles - the sacraments, people, events, etc. If you look at your life, I suspect you'll find all the different conditions that Jesus speaks of at different times in your life. Thanks God today for the seeds of grace that have been sown in your life. And work on sowing seeds of grace into the lives of others.
Father, may the seeds of grace sown in us bear great fruit, and may we sow seeds of grace into the lives of others this day. Amen.
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