The Good Soil

This morning, as I read through some articles, one of them is the second Lenten reflection given by a very anointed Capuchin friar, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa.

On Mon 29 Feb 2016, I shall be joining some of my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord to reflect on the Word of God, with particular reference to the Year of Mercy. How I look forward to it!

Meanwhile, let me share part of a reflection taken from the second sermon for this Lent from our  Capuchin friar . . . it is beautifully put!

With the parable of the sower and the seed (see Lk 8:5-15), Jesus offers assistance for each of us to discover our condition regarding receiving the word of God. He distinguishes four kinds of soil: the path’s soil, the rocky soil, the soil with thorns, and good soil. He then explains what the different types of soil symbolize: the path represents those in whom the words of God are not even implanted; the rocky soil represents those who are superficial and inconstant, who hear the word with joy but do not give the word a chance to take root; the soil with thorns represents those who let themselves be overwhelmed by the preoccupations and pleasures of life; the good soil represents those who hear the word and bear fruit through perseverance.

And now for what the good soil represents . . .

In reading this, we could be tempted to skip hurriedly over the first three categories, expecting to end up in the fourth category, which, despite all our limitations, we think depicts us. In reality—and here is the surprise—the good soil represents those who easily recognize themselves in each of the first three categories! They are the people who humbly recognize how many times they have listened in a distracted way, how many times they have been inconsistent about intentions they formed in hearing a word from the gospel, how many times they have let themselves be overwhelmed by activism and worldly preoccupations. These are the ones who, without knowing it, are becoming the truly good soil.

May the Lord grant that we too be counted in that number!

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