Jesus said, ‘Imagine a sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up straight away, because there was no depth of earth; but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Listen, anyone who has ears!’
Today the gospel asks us a very direct question, which kind of response to God’s Word do we make when the seed of His Word lands within us.
There are many who are like the seed sown on the edge of the path. They refuse to accept the message, they have no thought for their future, they are content to be busy with other things and ignore the invitation of the Lord.
There are others who see the truth and joy of the Gospel, but when it comes to making sacrifices for it, they give up. The message does not sink into their hearts and minds. They are like the seed which fell on the patches of rock because the faith had no deep roots in their lives. There are many, many who we know for whom the seed has fallen into the thorns they accepted the faith and it took root in them, but later on they drifted away, they lost the sense of awe and love which meeting with Jesus evokes.
Finally, there are those who are like the seed sown in rich soil. Who not only accept Jesus and his teaching, but are willing to live up to it, and, come what may, they are faithful to it. These will produce fruit and will earn for themselves eternal happiness.
In this time when our faith can feel challenged, when the social engagement of gathering each Sunday isn’t as it had been before the pandemic, it would be all to easy to lose touch. It is exactly at this time that we need to hear Jesus’ reminder to be faithful to keep on the path which he invites us to follow, because it is the only path which makes us fully human, fully alive and ready to follow him into the Kingdom prepared for us by His Father.
Mass today will be at 10.00am and you are welcome to join us online.
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Please note that St. Teilo’s will be open for Private Prayer from 12 Noon to 1pm today (Sunday) and 2pm to 4pm on Friday. Full details in the newsletter.