Reflection-2 Samuel 7:4-17 &Mark 4:1-20
Some seed fell on the path, some on rocky ground, some among thorns, some on the path or wayside and still others on rich soil. There outcome depended on the nature of the place they dropped not the nature of the seed. Meditating on this, I came up with today’s theme “I am the Seed”. What if the seed which fell on rocky ground, among thorns or wayside are the ones which yielded fruits, what would have been the explanation?
Have you not seen trees which germinated on a rock, are they no trees in the desert? What kind of seed are they, what kind of seed are you? Tell yourself: “I am the seed which goes against unfavourable conditions.” A unique seed. Say something positive about yourself, parents, children, siblings, friends, grandson and all you associate with.
The seed is said to be the Word of God. As bearers of this Word, we are seeds themselves. You are the Gospel itself, the light and the salt of the earth. A unique seed in the hand of God the Good Sower; who plants you anywhere in the world knowing that you are meant to conquer, for in him and with him there is no limitation and wherever you go, there, he is-as the Psalmist said:
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence. If I go up to the heavens, you are there; If I rise on the wings of the dawn, and settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you (Psalm 139).
If you are a seed in God’s hand, it means you are guaranteed for all possible conditions to geminate and blossom. But remember, He who created you and me without our co-operation, cannot save us without our adherence to His will. If we adhere to His will, our salvation is inevitable since the word that proceeds from God’s mouth will not return to him empty, but it will accomplish what he pleases, and it will prosper where he sends it (Isaiah 55:11).
In ignorance of our hearts, we refuse to co-operate with God’s Grace. We become the rocks or thorns that hinder other seeds to blossom. The way you live, relate with others, speak, or even dress…ought to proclaim the kingdom of God. You don’t need a pulpit for you to preach. Each second you are preaching to someone as Francis of Assisi says; Go! and Proclaim, the Good News, if necessary, use words; meaning you can preach better through actions.
Are you Christ’s ambassador? Will he say Behold! My daughter, in whom I am well pleased, Behold! My Priest, of the order of Melchizedek, in whom I am well pleased. Behold! My beloved young Jesuit, in whom I am well pleased. It is your duty to stand in for Christ, providing him legs and mouth not to faraway places. In our homes, our communities, in this university and work place. In these places, his alters are, for us to offer our sacrifices of love.
Does your way of life spread love or that which Christ wants to communicate to his people? Is there any correspondence between your actions and Christ’s will? What about what you say and do! Hear this: God does not only listen to you when praying…praying about your family, siblings, riches or friends, he also listens to your ordinary chats, discussions about the same matters.
God’s promise to us endures forever. In the first reading He promised David to raise heir after him. One who will build house for the Lord for had not dwelt in a house from the day he led the house of Israel out of Egypt. Rather, he had been about in a tent under the cloth.
Praying with these words of the Lord, I realised they can mean something special and challenging to us if we are to listen them coming from a parent or a guardian…who took care of you growing up. How does it feel if such people are to say to us “I have denied myself good clothing, good shelter, a better life, for you to be who you are today”?
In most cases, when your mother tells you how nine months was like, something is wrong. The same goes to Christ too. He became nothing (through emptying himself), dying on a cross for us to be Christians today. Brothers and Sisters, we too need to empty ourselves for others to become that which they cannot unless Christ help them through us.
God promises people and he fulfills his word. Do we stick to our word? If not, don’t we become men and women of empty words, just words. Aren’t there friends, companions, relatives, cousins, brothers or sisters who say A yet they mean B. If you are to meet them somewhere and they tell you they are at the bus stop, transport is not coming, you just have to deduce they are about to go and take shower. Their words do not correspond to their actions.
Have you listened to mothers, if you break her glass and she is there; maybe in the next room, you can hear her saying “break all of them”, come and collect some from this side and break them too? So, for them, you do A, they tell you to do B, yet she means X…and we have mastered that. Correspondence of words and action.
What the lord has blessed you with; none other than Him can undo such a blessing. He promised David never to withdraw favour from him as he had done to Saul his predecessor. Rather, David and the Lord were to have a father-son relationship and chastises him if need be. Above all, the Lord was to maintain love for his servant.
Brothers and Sisters, when you hear his word, do not harden your hearts, be a seed which deserves to be in God’s hand, the Good Sower. The seed which always yield fruits despite being dropped on rocky ground, among thorns, or wayside. May our words correspond to our acts as we preach to each other, for the mission of proclaiming the Good News is yet to be accomplished. The teachings Christ could not impart, let us impart, the work of love he could not do, let us do through him who gives us the strength. May the Good Lord Bless the proclamation of his word and allow it to bear fruits in our lives….
Glory be to the father…
lkpsj @AJU 29/01/20