Reflection: Seeds Have Needs Too!
Today's reflection compliments of Carol Prag.
Today's Gospel is a familiar one about a sower whose seed either fell and the birds ate it, or some fell on rocky ground and was scorched by the sun or choked by thorns. Some, however, managed to fall on "rich" soil and produce abundantly! I don't know much about sowing fields, but just check any seed packet and you'll find specific instructions for when and where to plant these seeds to grow successfully. Imagine, for a minute, though, that
you're a seed
with special needs and you landed in the
"wrong" kind of soil! Would you have any recourse?
In God's infinite wisdom, Creation is ongoing and we all play an important role in it. You might say, "we get by with a little help from our friends!" I think the same applies to that little seed! Thanks to wind, rain, rivers and streams, small seeds like those of the dandelion,
float for miles and miles until they find a place to rest and grow. Other creatures, like birds and animals,
help carry many other seeds still further distances where they can find a home to root and reach their full potential. Some seeds, like those that grow cacti,
a porous, sandy or pebbly soil that provides plenty of aeration and dries out quickly. Some seeds sprout quickly while others lie in wait for rain, sometimes for decades. Once enough rain falls, the seeds will sprout and go on to live for one season or many years. Many seeds even learn to adapt to new surroundings. Then, there are those seeds that lie
in the earth, waiting unseen, for the right time and conditions.
Each of us is a lot like a seed. We have needs and potential. Just as I wonder what became of the seed that landed in the
in our Gospel, I wonder about us.
Any one of us could be that seed.
The thing is, I'll
know for sure, but hopefully
I can be... or.... have... one of those "friends" who leads, helps, nourishes and encourages along the way without judging the seed or the soil.
Who knows, maybe that little seed is doing the best it can until it finds the help it needs to land safely, crack open, root and prosper before it finally reaches for the Sun, like all the others!
on Wednesday, July 21 at 12:00AM