There is a gentleman which we at ROTA: Reaching Out 2 Africa know who works to secure packages of seeds majorly for food crops. He has a whole method he uses to secure these seeds for free. They are often those packages of seed that have not been sold, are a bit “out of date,” but still will yield a crop. These he brings to us and we send them on through various missionaries, to different countries where they can be used. These seeds will do no one any good until they are scattered upon the ground. Left in the package they are of no use to anyone. This weekend’s Biblical lessons speak volumes about that very fact. God through the prophet Isaiah speaks about the effectiveness of His word: “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty,
but shall do what pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it” Isaiah 55:11. In the Gospel reading Jesus speaks through the wisdom of the parable of the sower who generously spreads seeds and which condition will yield the best results. In both of these lessons, the “Word” of the Lord, the “Seeds” need to be scattered and sown somewhere to begin the process. Left in a package they remain dormant and useless. In our Baptism, with the strengthening of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation, and with our weekly and even daily nourishment of Holy Eucharist seeds of God’s love and His Holy Will have been planted within us. But they need to move from us to others. That requires our cooperation with God’s plan. We are not being challenged to set up a platform on street corners and shout the Gospel at the top of our lungs, but we are challenged to share the Good News of Jesus always through our words and works of charity and justice. We need not be discouraged if some of the seed we sow falls on deaf ears and hearts. Our job is to sow the seed. God will take care of the rest. May the Spirit of God give you the courage to sow the seeds of the Good News to others.