As a gardener, you take care of your plants in order for them to grow strong and healthy. You tend to do what it takes in order to give them the care they need to thrive in their environment. The same is true with God’s Word.
God’s Word is like a gardener’s love. When we take the time each day to hear His Word, our faith is strengthened. If we don’t take the time to let God’s word enrich our lives, our faith will wither. Like the seeds in the parable, there are instances every day that try to take us away from God’s love. There may be people that lead us astray, that stand in our way, or that try to shape our lives in the wrong direction. When we spend the time each day listening to God’s Word, we are then able to find the healthy soil in order to strengthen our faith. Once we have a spent time enriching our own faith by hearing and accepting God’s Word, we can bear God’s fruit and become gardeners for others.
What might be some ways we can spend time letting God’s Word enrich our lives this Lenten season?
God, nourish my soil so I may continue to grow strong in my faith. Help me to find ways to let Your words enrich my life so that I may share Your Word with others to enrich theirs.
Maura Grogan, ’14, Member of the Worshipping Community
First Reading: Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22
Psalm 34:17-21, 23
Gospel: John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website