Reading 1 Is 55:10-11
Thus says the LORD:
Just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
and do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
so shall My Word be
that goes forth from My Mouth;
My Word shall not return to Me void,
but shall do My will,
achieving the end for which I sent it.
The Word of God never passes away and is permanent. God’s Word accomplishes many miracles and works wonders. There is power in His Word for all people of all times. People like to say the Bible is irrelevant because it was written so long ago, but God’s time is different than our time. The Word of God will go on forever and does not have an expiration date. We should revere anything God says and believe in the power His Word holds.
Reading 2 Rom 8:18-23
Brothers and sisters:
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing
compared with the glory to be revealed for us.
For creation awaits with eager expectation
the revelation of the children of God;
for creation was made subject to futility,
not of its own accord but because of the One who subjected it,
in hope that creation itself
would be set free from slavery to corruption
and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.
We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now;
and not only that, but we ourselves,
who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
we also groan within ourselves
as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
All the pain, suffering, and torture we go through on earth does not compare to the joy we will experience in Heaven. Even though there are many hardships we endure now, the glory and happiness will be an infinite amount times that. Although the difficulties hurt now, this should give us some strength and motivation to get through them and continue to push through.
Gospel Mt 13:1-23
On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around Him
that He got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And He spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
“A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
The disciples approached him and said,
“Why do you speak to them in parables?”
He said to them in reply,
“Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven
has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables, because
they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
You shall indeed hear but not understand,
you shall indeed look but never see.
Gross is the heart of this people,
they will hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes,
lest they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts and be converted,
and I heal them.
“But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
longed to see what you see but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
“Hear then the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one
who hears the Word of the Kingdom without understanding It,
and the evil one comes and steals away
What was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground
is the one who hears the Word and receives It at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the Word,
he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the Word,
but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the Word
and It bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil
is the one who hears the Word and understands It,
who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”
Which seed are you? I often try to think which one I am, and I think it depends on the situation. Sometimes we hear the Word, and we quickly lose It because we do not have a good foundation. Other times the problems of the world or the insults of others cause the Word to fade from us. At times our busyness, fears, and worries get in the way of us and the Word. None of these are excuses, and we should open our hearts, minds, eyes, and ears to God’s Word because It has transformative power that can inspire, heal, help, and guide us through life.
We all need to strive to be the seed that bears fruit. We need to take what God gives us and turn it all around into good. We cannot let good things stop the continuing or growing because we are lazy or do not feel like spreading God’s Message of Life and Love. We need to work to make sure there is fruit from us and that other seeds land on good soil in order to grow into something amazing.