This Sunday is the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. How often do we hear the parable of the Sower and Seed (this week’s Gospel) and automatically agree. The parable is clear. It has an obvious message. Those of us who allow the Good News of Jesus to settle deep within us bear much fruit. Those of us who do not, well, our ability to bear witness to the Gospel falters. We hear this Gospel, recognize it’s call, assess where we are and try to improve.
What if, instead of looking at this Gospel as a yardstick by which we measure ourselves we look at it as God’s gift to us? We who are Baptized into the Body of Christ are rich soil. What if Jesus were saying to each of us: “I know you will understand my Word, my words, my teaching because you are mine?” Imagine Jesus telling us “I am in you and you are in me? Because of our unity, the seed I sow in you will bear ‘a hundred, sixty or thirty-fold.’” What a huge message of hope!