Good Soil!

Luke 8:8

“And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” As He said this, He called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Gardening is a cooperative effort between seed and soil.  The best seed in the world will sit there if it’s not planted, digest like bad seed if a bird eats it, die like bad seed if it can’t strike root in thin soil, and choke like bad seed if we let the garden go to weed. A neglected garden does not remain a garden. To be sure, we cannot make the garden grow.  That is a mystery bound up in the ultimate creative powers of God.  All our cleverness has never created a single seed from scratch.  But though we cannot make the seed grow, we can do our bit of weeding, hoeing, watering and fertilizing so that the seed will bear fruit unhindered.  That’s the Christian life.  You can’t earn the imperishable seed of the Spirit, but you can welcome it or hinder it.  It’s your choice.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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