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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
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The seed is the word of God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

1 Cor. 15:35-37.42-49, Lk. 8:4-15. In today's first reading, Paul uses the analogy of the seed to refer to the key concept of resurrection. Just as the seed is only a tiny shell of life, when it is planted and dies, it is able to experience further growth and produce a new and fuller life. Paul reminds the faithful that life and death on earth are only a shell for the future fullness of life we experience when we follow Jesus who has been raised up to the fullness of spiritual life. We have to live and then experience death to this life, in order to be joined with our Master in the eternal life that awaits us in God’s Heavenly realm. In today's Gospel, Jesus uses the same analogy of the seed to explain why not all the seed that is sown produces the same abundance of life; it all depends on the type of soil on which the seed falls.

The parable of the seed that falls on different types of ground gives us the image of how important is the type of ground on which the seed of the word of God lands. In order for the seed of the word of God to produce the fullness of life which God intends, it needs to fall on rich soil which can lead to abundant growth. As people of faith, we are in a unique situation: we are the soil that receives the seed and we are in turn sowers of seeds to others. We are part of a process regarding the seed, receiving and nurturing it and through our efforts of successful harvesting, creating new seeds to be propagated in others. The sower who is careful will do all the right things and if conditions are favorable, will receive the benefits of an abundant harvest. The sower who is persistent will bear fruit when conditions are favourable. The seed which falls among thorns is choked by the thorns of earthly pursuits. Only the seed which falls on the soil which has been prepared for it will be able to produce as abundantly as possible. It is only when we allow ourselves to be prepared to receive the word of God that we can begin to produce the abundance which God has in mind for us.

May the Lord help us to be attentive and obedient to the word of God! Amen!! Keep safe and happy weekend!!!

 
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