“A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up” (Mt 13:4). With these words Jesus begins his Parable of the Sower. We read later in verse 19 Jesus’ explanation that: “The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what is sown in his heart.”
The kingdom of Heaven begins small like a seed. The beginning is an invitation by God to participate in his life. God meets us in our present moments and experiences, but the key is are we aware? Many times there are moments in our life that we pass off as mere coincidence, when in fact God is at work, planting a seed, yet our minds and hearts are closed such that we do not allow that seed to be received. The moment passes and the seed is stolen by the evil one.
A path is a worn area of land not suitable for growth because it is hardened by much foot traffic. When we are hardened to life such that we cannot weep, cannot feel our emotions, the seed, who is Jesus, has no place to germinate in our life. We often do not feel compassion for the needs of others because we would rather hold onto our pride and bear a grudge, we would rather be unforgiving because we would rather be right, and we allow ourselves to be governed by our fears such that we find protection in our prejudices.
In allowing our hearts to be hardened, we close ourselves off to the source of our life, our very being, and we allow the evil one to steal the gift of life that God offers. God the Father has sent his Son to dwell among us. He seeks the cracks and places that have not been hardened, where there is some loose soil, the places in our being that are still open to faith, hope and love.
Jesus, may the seed of your Word come into our lives today to reveal your truth so that we may understand who we are and who your Father calls us to be. Send your Holy Spirit to dwell deep within our hearts and to take root in every aspect of our lives such that we begin to feel compassion again, we begin to hope again, we begin to have faith again, and we begin to love again.