“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still, other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” (Matthew 13: 1-9)
Somehow, Jesus came into our life. Maybe you were a baby. Perhaps you were a teenager, like me. Or you may even have received the grace of faith in your seventies. In the beginning, everything seemed crystal-looking. Our little plant was solidly grounded in prayer. Our faith moved mountains. However, plants need their roots to grow to become “a tree where the birds perch in its branches.”
The key to growth is strong roots and good water.
Our roots are in Jesus, fed by the Word of God. The Word in the Scripture but also in the Living Word: the faces of the saints on whose words our soul finds relief. Those love witnesses: people whose words, deeds and lives remind you of Christ.
But watch out! Sweltering summer sun will shine. Without water, our leaves will wither. Strong winds will blow, and our roots destroy if we are not firmly grounded in our faith. Pour little water, and our sprout will become fragile and finally die.
As grown-ups, we are to make choices in life. Jesus asks us to be pure as kids are, but not short-minded. Life is too hard, and our faith faces challenges on every step of our way. Take care of your sprout, take care of your tree. Water it every day, nurture it with sacraments and protect it from the chills with the wool warmth of the community of believers. There is time for planting and a time for harvesting. Imagine, what a beautiful forest we can make!
Dear Jesus, water my soul with your grace and help me grow in virtue to become what you want me to be