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Sow Seeds in Rich Soil

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Matthew 13:1-23 New American Bible

Matthew 13:1-23 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

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.


          When you plant seeds, you expect them to grow.  If you want to grow one plant, you put more than one seed in the hole because some seeds won’t grow at all.  If there is no place for the roots to hold on to, the plant will die.  If the thorns and weeds strangle the plant, it will die.  If it doesn’t have water, it will die. 

          God gives you different things to nourish you as his seed.  He gives you the Church as a root to hang onto.  You get spiritually uplifted when you pray at Church.  When more than one is gathered and pray for the same thing in Jesus’ name, what they ask for will be granted.   If you watch a plant, it will grow towards the light.  Its stem and leaves will all lean towards the light.  God gives you Holy Eucharist as food to help you grow closer to him, the light of your World.  God gives you food like the sun gives nourishment to the plants on earth.  Plants grow long and strong roots to trap every bit of water they can find.  They grow towards the water source.  The source of your water is God the Father, who provides you with everything you need.  God gives you His blood to drink, so you will not die of thirst.  He does not want your soul to dry up and shrivel.  When weeds squeeze and wrap themselves around a plant, it cannot grow.  The weeds try to get all the water and food so that the plants don’t have any nourishment.  When evil weeds grow thick around you, God will send his weed-eating grace to help you dig your way out of the trouble you see. All you have to do is ask him in the name of Jesus Christ.  Then you will bloom, and bloom! You will be one of God’s little flowers in Paradise.                                    
          Say the “Our Father” and tell him thank you for the gifts he sends to help you grow closer to him.  Tell God that you are so glad that he helped you understand his word so that the weeds will not choke you.  Ask him to help your seed to bloom so that you will have life everlasting with him in heaven.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

            

                  

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