22 Sept 2018: The small bushy plant

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Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: 1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49; Gospel: Lk 8:4-15

The parable of the sower may be one of the most well-known parables in Christianity and we have heard so many interpretations of this. I would just like to enumerate on just one of the situations where the seed found itself – among the thorns. Scripture says that the seed grew into a plant quickly. It means that it had enough water and manure which enabled the seed to sprout and grow into a plant. It was really a fertile land with ample sunlight and other conditions needed for the sapling to grow. It had all these but had a small defect – there were bushy thorns among them and the owner had not taken the pain of clearing them. After all! The soil had a lot of favourable factors for the seed to grow. But at the end, the thorns destroyed the plants. Very well!! We can equate it to our life. We are obviously not like the first soil that was taken up by the birds: otherwise we would not have been reaching the website now. We also may not be like the second soil devoid of water and soil. We continuously nourish our faith life with water and minerals by reading the Bible, reading the reflections in the Gospel passage and so on. But we can very well be the third one. We do have many factors of a favourable climate for the seed of the Word of God to sprout and yield fruit. But very often we do have some bushy thorns within us, which we take for granted. ‘After all I have so many good things in me.’ But those bushy thorns will chalk the growth of the Word of God within us. Identify the thorns in our life. Which are those thorns that hinder the proper growth of the Word of God in me?

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