Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9
That same day, Jesus left the house and sat down by the lakeside. Many people gathered around him. So he got into a boat, and sat down, while the crowds stood on the shore; and he spoke to them in parables about many things.
Jesus said, “The sower went out to sow; and, as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path; and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where there was little soil, and the seeds sprouted quickly, because the soil was not deep. But as soon as the sun rose, the plants were scorched; and they withered, because they had no roots. Again, other seeds fell among thistles; and the thistles grew and choked the plants. Still, other seeds fell on good soil and produced a crop: some a hundredfold, others sixty, and others thirty. If you have ears, then hear!”
“Other seeds fell on good soil and produced a good crop.”
A number of elements in the parable may be an excellent fo- cus for reflection, namely: sower, the seed, the ground, the act of sowing itself, the receiving of the seeds, and the meeting of the seeds and the ground. All, being important, make possible the meeting or the encounter.
At any stage, or circum- stance–might be people or events–in our life, an encounter with Jesus becomes a defining moment. It may or may not be transforming, depending on our response. But it is something we can take advantage of. An en- counter with Jesus can make us whole again, bringing together our “scattered pieces.”
As fruits of the encounter, we are re-grounded in the truth and meaningfulness of life; we are able to re-orient ourselves toward the good, the truth, and that which is meaningful. Let us, therefore, pray that we truly en- counter Jesus, even just once in our lifetime, because it will radi- cally change us and our life, and allow us to see things in a new light.
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