“The seed is the word of God.  Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved.  Those on the rocky ground … receive the word with joy … but they believe only for a time … as for the seed among the thorns, they are the ones that heard, but … they are chocked by anxieties and riches and pleasures of life … for the seed … on rich soil … they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.”

Lk 8: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

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The wise instruction we receive, the loving guidance it provides is visible, can be heard and understood – but what do we do with it?

The words above are from the Gospel of Luke and they record Jesus explaining to his disciples what the Parable of the Sower means.

We are in that story.  Yes, we hear.  The word is not out of range, not withheld.  It is freely shared, at no cost.

Yet, we must ask: are we unbelieving?  Have we let the word be taken from our hearts?  To what “gain” or “comfort” might we have permitted this?  Have we believed only as it is convenient?  For so short a time?  Have we let the anxieties of this life, or its riches or its pleasures take the word from us?

Were we on a journey, would we let someone take our provisions from us?  Our water?  Our map?  Our shoes?  Our money?  The vehicle of conveyance?

Then, why do we let the word be so easily taken from us?  Why do we ignore the Guide’s direction, and His warning?

Who are you in this parable?  Have you embraced the word?  Born fruit? Persevered?

The journey is made so much harder when you discard what you need most.

Let us pray today that we are the good ground that receives the word and perseveres to yield good fruit.

Shalom.

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