Our Lord will never force Himself upon us because He has given us free will. As the Sower, He scatters the seeds of His grace everywhere indiscriminately. The soil of our hearts will yield a harvest according to how well we received and accepted the Word of God and how well we nourished the seed that was planted in our hearts. We must soften our hearts so that the Word of God will take root to hasten our spiritual growth. We must deepen our faith. We must not allow the thorns and weeds of anxiety, worries and other worldly concerns choke up the grace of our conversion, but instead, we must increase our trust in the Lord’s love for us. It is only then that we allow the seed God has planted in our hearts to settle deep in our being, to grow in understanding, and to yield a hundredfold as we become sowers ourselves. By His grace, we are able to join Jesus, the Sower and together scatter seeds far and wide. “But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Mt 13:23)
As Christ’s disciples, we have a shared responsibility to sow God’s Word and nourish His people. In receiving the Word He sows, God invites us to open our hearts, removing the stubborn obstacles within our control, so that we can be fruitful like the seed sown on good ground. If we accept God’s invitation seriously and share His Word with others, we not only receive His grace; we also become evangelizers of His word.
The same call to share the Good News is echoed by Pope Francis’ current thrust on the new evangelization. The ‘new evangelization’ is all about reminding ourselves that God has called all Catholics to reach out to others with the timeless gospel of Jesus Christ and to learn how to do that in a way the culture around us can understand and respond; to build bridges for the world that “God so loved” in order that all people may know the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Let us be true to our calling as disciples of Christ by using our gifts and talents, to reach others who have yet to hear or understand the good news of God’s plan of salvation in Jesus Christ.
They who have ears - let them hear - “Hear the word and understand it and bear fruit day by day, now and forever.