Sunday XV: Give fruit

July 12, 2020.

“Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. but others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”  (Mathew 13, 3-9)

We don’t need many explanations to understand this parable of the sower. More we need honesty to admit that in each of us the seeding has taken place but it has not always borne fruit, or all the fruit it could have given. And it is not because the seed wasn’t good, or because the field wasn’t good, but because the laborer -us- hasn’t cared for the earth, we haven’t known how to take advantage of the gifts of God.

Perhaps mediocrity is human nature, but even so it is a pity, a great loss. It fits to remember the lines of José Maria Pemán, in “The Divine Impatient”, put into the mouth of Saint Francis Xavier:

“I am more a friend of the wind, madam,

Than of the breeze.

And the good must be done quickly,

That evil loses no time”.

We frequently complain that things go wrong. Why don’t we ask ourselves what we could do, what we have done or what we are doing so that they go well? No one will blame you for not having done the good that you can’t do, but your sins of omission will be registered in your account forever and probably will constitute the longest part, the darkest, and the heaviest on judgement day.

Intention: Every time you feel like complaining that something is going poorly, at work, at home, or in society, think: What can I do, what have I done, what am I doing? And do something!

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