The Word of God is like soil, special nourishment which enables our soul to grow so that we could bear good fruit. But for us to benefit from the Word of God, we need to examine ourselves and change our ways, so that we would benefit from such special nourishment. Today's Gospel speaks about seeds falling on different types of environments with different soil conditions. Each environment could be linked to our condition and the condition of our soul.
The first environment (edge of
the path) is like people who are not the least bit interested in the
Word of God. They come late for Mass, or sometimes come only for certain
major occasions like Christmas and Easter. These people seem more interested in other things and come to church just to
fulfil the Sunday obligation (with great difficulty at times). The
second environment (patches of rock with little soil) is like people
who have superficial or shallow faith. They select only bits and pieces
of the Word of God which suit them, while avoiding or ignoring those parts which are
unpleasant or that which they think are not relevant to them. When some challenge
occurs or when they face some difficulty, their faith withers away.
third environment (among thorns) is like people who listen and
accept the Word of God, but so many other things, worries, pressures and
distractions cause them to lose focus. As a result, they feel as if God
has abandoned them and they fall away, when in actuality, it is they
who have abandoned God. They lack trust, perseverance and patience to
press on and finish the race. I suppose many of us hope and
pray that we will be like the fourth environment, where we gain access
to rich soil. People who are in this fourth environment thrive and
flourish, producing good fruit and giving glory to God.
So which environment are we presently in? Are we stuck in a particular
environment? With God's Grace and providence, we can make effort and
do our part to make a
change and begin producing good fruit. Let us not delay or procrastinate any longer. and let the rich soil God transform us into something better, for His glory.