Monday, July 11, 2011

I Want To Be The Good Soil

"A Farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on the rocky places, where it did not have much soil.  It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop -- a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.  He who has ears, let him hear.    Matthew 13:3-9

     When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was in his heart.  This is the seed sown along the path.

     The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time.  When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.

     The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.

     But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understand it.  He produces a crop, yield a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.   
Matthew 13:19-23

   This was the gospel reading at mass this weekend and I found myself identifying with each situation... at times, I'm the path and the Word of God lasts as long as I'm in church or for a short while at home while I'm pondering it and then is gone.  As if it vanishes amidst the daily chores of life.

   Other times in my life, I am the rocky place the seed has been sowed and I receive it excitedly and do not fall back on it when troubles arise.  I can become discouraged and try to handle the situation on my own, forgetting that I don't have to.

   There are different times when I am the thorns, and my own worries about how to do something or what others may think, stifle the Word of God and it bears no fruit.

   Not often enough, am I the good soil, that hears the Word of God and understands it, lets it take root to transform my life and bear fruit.  This is of course, what I want to be and strive to be and need to remember when life because stressful or busy.

God Bless,


  1. I love this scripture reading. It reminds me to pray and ask Holy Spirit to give me the ears to hear and understand!!!!!
    I live all the scenarios and wish I could just live the fruitful one!!!

  2. "I say to you,unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much more." John 12:24

    I just love the idea~ time to grow!

  3. I like your thoughts on this, for I too sometimes see myself in various parts of this parable. I pray that the both of us will learn to rely upon digging our roots deeper into the good soil, which leads to Christ and eternal life.

  4. This was such a challenging Gospel to hear this weekend (what a blessing huh?:)

    I don't want the cares of the world to choke out my Faith. But if I don't respond to the cares of the world through the lens of my Faith than that is doomed to happen. Either I respond as Christ would, or I lose Him altogether.

    Thanks for your reflections on this passage. Great thoughts Noreen!!!

  5. I loved these readings, the way they are fit together..amazing!
    I realized that I can only work on one character issue at a time so improve my soil or I get overwhelmed.

  6. Noreen, this is such a thought-provoking Gospel passage, isn't it? So much soil to mull about in and ponder over! Thanks for visiting my blog today!

  7. We're all in agreement ladies how wonderful this parable is! I think it does a good job showing us the pitfalls that can occur when we do not put our trust in God, what we allow to distract us and of course, the end result is that the roots don't take hold.

  8. Such good words, Noreen!
    I agree with your meditation on this.
    To be 'good soil' and to let the Lord's words take firm root in our hearts is what we want, isn't it!
    Praise the Lord..He is the Master Gardener who tills our lives until we become fertile in Him.
    My parish priest took another approach to the Gospel reading on Sunday evening.
    Fr Paul talked about us throwing the seed around (ie.the Gospel), and how it's not so important for us to go looking for the 'right' soil, but to simply scatter it out there, and the Lord will take care of the rest.
    That's good news too :-)
    Thank you for linking this to LACE, my friend!
    love in Jesus..Trish

  9. Hi Trish, thank you for sharing your priest's homily on this beautiful parable. That is certainly good news! I think I'm finally getting the steps right in linking up to LACE!

  10. Hi Noreen,
    I too, can identify with this parable.Have been in the rocks, the thorns and the shallow soil.I pray for the good rich soil of God's truth.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  11. Our pastor taught on this parable today. I love the message given by Jesus. I pray that I am good soil, but know that I fail sometimes.

  12. Atara ~ thank you for visiting! I agree that it's best to focus on one character issue at a time. Otherwise we may feel the burden is too great to change and give up!

    Barb ~ I too, have been in each situation during my life. I like your statement "to pray for the good rich soil of God's truth."

    Anne ~ this parable is a definite favorite because I think it's so relatable.

    Thanks for visiting ladies!