The Sower This Sunday's Gospel reading features the Parable of the Sower in which Jesus likens the Father unto a farmer who is scattering seeds in the fields. Some fall on the road and are eaten by crows, while others fail to flourish having landed in bad soil or in the weeds. Then, there are those which land in the fertile soil, grow, and yield a plentiful harvest. Jesus explains that the seeds which are scattered represent the word of God that is placed in our hearts--it is the Grace that God pours into our souls. The various places where they land (be it the road, weeds, bad soil, or good soil) represent the ways in which we might respond to the Grace which flows over us. Jesus instructs his followers that they should 'hear the word and understand it'. Their soul ought to be like fertile ground--indeed, the seed that falls on that ground 'grows, bears fruit, and yields a hundredfold' [cf. Mt. 13.23]. Simply put, the path to sainthood and eternal life starts with
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''The most important thing I've ever done'' Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light. [Mt. 11.28] This passage is taken from the Gospel reading for this coming Sunday. It is immediately proceeded by what is perhaps the strongest self-assertion of Divinity that is given to us by Matthew's Jesus--' no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him ' [Mt. 11.26a]. In this verse Jesus describes both his absolute unity and with the Father and his access to him in a way that would not be out of place in John's Gospel. Indeed, the essence of Jesus' words here are pretty similar to ' I am the way, the truth, and the life--no one comes to the Father except through me ' [Jn. 14.6].