I Am a Seed On Rocky Ground

There are times when I’m sitting in church, listening intently, and I just want to nod and cry, “Amen, Allelujah!”  (For the record, that’s not typical behavior in a Catholic church, so we tend to keep it to ourselves.)  Still other times, I confess, I have to fight letting my mind wander to my to-do list or what we need from the store.   Just keeping it real.

 

But, occasionally, I’ll be listening along and will suddenly be so convicted by the words I hear that it’s truly like a big ol’ slap upside my head.  And that’s what happened last Sunday as I listened to the Gospel of our Lord…

 

The Parable of the Sower

1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.” …

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

How often am I like that seed upon the rocky soil?  Oh, I am so eager!  I am so utterly delighted in my God and in my faith and, as I hear the words of our Lord, I am filled with joy and excitement.   I’m the girl who would dance off onto the ice to share this wonderment, only to realize I hadn’t ensured that I had solid ground under my feet.  I don’t always take the time to build the foundation.  I don’t put in the hours and labor to ensure I’ve established strong roots.   Oh sure, I grow fast and pretty and that can be compelling… but if a strong breeze should threaten me (or a hard question), I flounder.  I flail.  I reveal the weak spots in my foundation.

It’s not just about passion and enthusiasm.   It’s certainly not about being able to spout the words.  I’ve got some work to do, my friends, to get the soil of my heart and soul in worthy condition to receive the gifts my Savior has so willingly given… to fully nurture the seeds of faith that I want to flourish and grow beyond measure.

It’s just something I’m thinking about these days…
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