Our Foundation

7 07 2011

“On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
“A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.” Matthew 13:1-9

Tuesday night I joined in the adult faith formation held at my church. We shared about the upcoming readings for Mass this Sunday. The Gospel reading was taken from Matthew 13:1-23, but I mediated from verses 1-9 and I reflected on the parable. Was I the sower? Was I the seed? Was I the result of what happened to the seed? I was neither. Then it dawned on me and I discovered something about how we receive God’s graces.

The parable shared the different foundations the seeds fell upon. We are the foundations in the parable. How we response to God’s grace is almost completely determined by how our foundation is ready to receive it. Allow me to share a story with you from the movie “Facing the Giants” to illustrate how we God responds to our foundation.

There were two farmers  praying to God for rain during a time of drought. One farmer prepared his field for rain and other did nothing. Which farmer was blessed with rain, the farmer who prepared or the farmer who did nothing?

Our foundation is constantly changing base on our situation, our environment and our emotions. God’s grace or blessings (the seeds in the parable) are so constant. God wants us to be fruitful but we can only be fruitful if our foundation, our soil is prepared and rich enough to allow God’s seeds to grow in us. Our life will be much richer and bless if we prepare our lives, our foundation to receive His graces similar to the farmer who prepared his field to receive the rain.

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