There is a song that says “they will know we are Christians by our love.” Today’s Gospel provides us with another measurement to describe out relationship to Jesus: to be known by our soil. When Jesus tells his discouraged disciples all they have to do is plant the seed among the people, he is saying it is God’s responsibility to grow the seed, but the person it is being planted in might be a tough kind of soil.
We are the ground Jesus describes: some people are the hard path, some the rocky ground, some bear thorns, and others are good for planting. We each receive the Word of God differently and how we live in it is what will take root and spread to others.
What kind of soil are you? Are we open to the seeds God plants in us?
We pray today for God to take root within us! May we be a fruitful soil!
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!