Homily — 16th Sunday Ordinary Time A 7/19/08

Homily — 16th Sunday Ordinary Time A         7/19/08

Two of the three parables Our Lord Jesus gives us in today’s Gospel deal with seeds.

The seed is a image commonly used by the great Christian writers in their teachings on the spiritual life.

At first glance, seeds are pretty insignificant looking things.  Most are so small that they can be easily overlooked or mistaken for a lifeless pebble.

It would really take an expert gardener to identify a particular seed apart from it’s plant or Burpee package.

It would also probably take an expert to distinguish between a seed that would bear edible fruit and a seed that would bear a weed or poisonous fruit.

But as plain looking and little as it seems, there is much more to a tiny insignificant looking seed than meets the eye.

Place one in fertile, well watered soil, and in time the seed will grow into a large plant or even a giant tree that the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.

Therefore, people who wish to grow something need to take seeds seriously, and also need to be able to distinguish good seed from bad seed.

While not all of us may not cultivate a vegetable or flower garden, as Christians we must all be concerned with cultivating the garden of our soul.

Jesus says that our soul is the field that he wants to plant the seeds of His Gospel in.   And just as there are a multitudes of varieties of seeds in the world that will bring forth many varieties of good fruits, beautiful flowers, and strong and mighty trees, there are also a multitude of varieties of seeds Jesus wishes to plant in us which will in time transform our soul into a beautiful garden of virtue and charity.

But while Jesus has many seeds He daily wishes to plant in us, we need to go to Jesus each day to receive these seeds into our souls.

We also need to be wary of the seeds of the evil one.  The seeds the devil sows can at times look very much like the seeds Jesus sows.  They are also small and insignificant looking, and we might even be tempted into thinking that planting a few of the devil’s seeds here and there in our souls won’t be that harmful.

But sin spreads like a weed in our souls, until before we know it it’s overtaking the good seed that was sown.  The weed then becomes the largest of trees in our garden, that crows and vultures make their nest in.

Jesus also comments in the first parable that while they were asleep (the) enemy came and sowed weeds through the wheat.   And so we must be vigilant in prayer, for when stop cultivating the Garden of our souls with the good seeds of Christ, the devil will pick up where we left off.

May Jesus in this Eucharist help us to recognize and value the many varieties of seeds he sows in our heart and to distinguish them from weed baring seeds, so that we may yield a rich harvest of grace throughout our lives.

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