Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine

1Cor. 15:35-37, 42-49 | Ps. 56:10-14 | Lk. 8:4-15

Jesus is telling the story of the sower who went out to sow seeds.  Have you ever sewn seeds?  Have you ever watched day in and day out to see what happens?  It is a wonderful miracle to see a seed, no matter what size it is, begin to grow and produce fruit.   One sees the vine, then the flower and finally the resulting food, etc.  All this happens if the seed is sown with the right conditions.  This past Spring we planted beans, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes etc.  We took care of them each day.  Then the drought came and we could not water as much.  The plants grew nicely at first but then they began to wither.  Jesus tells us that the seed of God was planted in each of us.  If we have the right kind of soil and water every day, that life of God will grow to great proportions.  If we do not have the right soil, etc., the opposite will happen. God is always present to do any weeding but we must provide the soil that is fertile.

Today, spend some time in a garden or visualize a garden.  Think about the flowers, trees or vegetables that are planted there.  Now visualize the seed of God planted in your heart.  What is similar in the two gardens?  What is different?  Are you happy with the garden in your own being?  What can you do to help make the soil more fertile?  Thank God for God’s gift of life within you.

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