Reflection for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
10 Jul 2020

Jesus paints a very familiar picture from everyday agricultural life in Palestine and draws a lesson from it.  It’s the story of a farmer who goes out to sow seed in his field.  Jesus compares the word of God, which is intended to produce fruit in our lives, to seed sowed in the earth by the farmer.  At baptism the delicate and demanding seed of the word of God is first planted in our hearts.  It is up to us to nurture and nourish that seed.  Growth in the life of Christ is not always a smooth, gradual and straightforward process.  The different types of soil can well be the varied response we make to his word, depending on the twists and turns our fortunes may take.  When we meet with setbacks and disappointments, obstacles may stack up against our good intentions and weaken our firm resolve.  Moments like this call for deep faith.  No matter what the situation, we have to struggle to believe.  The word of God has an immense and mysterious power to change us.  The hard thorny patch that our lives may be currently experiencing, could be Christ’s way of calling us to a deeper union with him.  Experience tells us we have to work for anything that is worthy having.  Reaping the rich harvest of God’s goodness depends on our openness to receive his word.  So often, when God is sowing the seed of his love around us we are cold, off-hand and too proud to allow ourselves to be won over.  However, there is good soil in every human heart and given time and effort and a considerable degree of pain, the Spirit of the living God will put down deep roots in our lives, assuring us of salvation.