Mass Readings: Jeremiah 1:1,4-10/ Matthew 13:1-9

Different Seasons

Today’s Parable of the Sower has always bothered me. As a kid, I thought: “Oh boy. I know I’m not the good soil.” I was just sure I wasn’t producing much fruit. Even as an adult, when I hear the passage, I typically try to figure if I’m the rocky ground where nothing can take root. Or perhaps my soil is choked with the thorns of anxieties. Or just maybe, on a very good day, am I the rich soil that bears fruit?

In writing this meditation, a new thought came to me. I’m all those different types of soil. In some seasons, I’m rich soil, producing thirtyfold. During some stretches, I’m the rocky ground before I even get out of bed in the morning. And through every season God loves me.

Prayer: Creator, please teach me to see myself as You see me.