Seed that strug­gles to grow

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MANY times we bump into the truth that there is a gap be­tween what we say and what we do; be­tween what we pro­fess to be and how we ac­tu­ally be­have. Of­ten we no­tice this in­con­sis­tency more eas­ily in oth­ers. It is dis­ap­point­ing to dis­cover peo­ple whose word is worth­less, but some­times our own words are no bar­gains ei­ther: we lie, we draw back, we dec­o­rate the truth with so many dis­guises that it be­comes un­recog­nis­able.

In sharp con­trast to the fragility of the hu­man word, the word of God is seen to be al­ways ef­fec­tive be­cause of who God is: God is no man that he should lie, no son of Adam to draw back. For God, to speak is the same thing as to do, to prom­ise is the same thing as to ful­fill. God’s word cre­ates what it says; he speaks the word into ex­is­tence; when he says “Let there be…” there is.

The word of Je­sus is spo­ken with author­ity. In his heal­ing min­istry he speaks peo­ple bet­ter. But there is another word that Je­sus speaks. This word is like a seed that is sown by Je­sus, a seed that de­pends on the con­di­tion of the ground if it is to grow and bear fruit.

This we hear in the para­ble of the sower, with four types of hear­ers. First, those who hear the word with­out un­der­stand­ing it, the word is taken eas­ily by all. Sec­ond, those whose first en­thu­si­asm for the word can­not with­stand trial be­cause the word has never taken root in them. Third, those who hear the word but are over­come by a litany of dis­trac­tions and lose it. Fourth, those who hear the word and un­der­stand it, who take it to heart and yield a harvest through their per­sis­tence.

Dis­ci­ple­ship en­ables the preached word to be­come a fruit­ful thing, not just a word. Un­der­ly­ing the para­ble there is a telling con­fi­dence: in spite of all the obstacles present in the var­i­ous types of hear­ers, the seed does suc­ceed in grow­ing and pro­duc­ing a rich harvest.

Like all seeds, the word of God takes time to grow. But if we take the time to nour­ish the word, God will wait on the grad­ual process. It might take us a life­time. But if we al­low the seed to strug­gle to grow in us, we will grow too. Even­tu­ally, the word of God and our own word might be­come one. And that would be a harvest in­deed. Fr Cor­ne­lio ‘Jinjo’ So­lis, St Au­gus­tine’s Church, Kyabram.

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