FR. TERRY RYAN, CSP
MATTHEW 13: 1-9
JULY 16, 2017
When a seed falls into the ground, what happens? It might depend on the ground, the soil. In Jesus’ day, lots of the land used for planting was somewhat rocky. When the farmer tilled the soil before seeding it, the weeds were plowed under and became fertilizer. There were no herbicides. So the seeds fell upon rocks, thorns, and such in the planting. So?
So, think of yourself as the soil. The seed is God. God opens up to us, as a seed broken open, to embrace us in a loving hug. We are invited to open up, accept this love in spite of the weeds, thorns, and rockiness of our personality, our shortcomings and imperfections. God is ready to love us as we are, not as we think we should be. Do you not have days that are “thorny,” when you seem to choke God ‘s love, and anyone else’s by your bad behavior, selfishness, whining, fear, resentments, and anger? God will still open to you. Jesus says that the sower sows seeds everywhere, not just on the “perfect” soil.
In chemistry, there is something called a compound substance. It means that things, substances, that are different, come together and be what they are through each other. God wants to be moved by our love. God expresses more of Godness when we openly surrender to this love, this spiritual hug and hug back with love. Love is meant to change people. This is the purpose of the divine hug, the unconditional love of God and our response. God created the world to express God’s self more fully, in nature, stars, and so forth. But it seems that we humans are the part of creation that can love God most fully, and therefore allow God to become most self-expressive.
When we love this way, we may begin to see “others” not so much in their faults, but in their oneness with us, all one soil. This is the vision that allows for a hundred-fold harvest. I hope for a hug today.