August 10, 2020

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Jesus creates a connection with us through the parables telling a story of practical realities readily identifiable by his listeners: scattering seeds; the lazy farmer; mustard seeds; fig trees; wheat and weeds; and in today’s gospel, a grain of wheat must die, a parable analogous to life’s persistent mystery—the paradox of life and death. The parable transcends the human realities and moves us forward to a message beyond botanical information.

The power of the seed to create something new is in the power of God and of all creation. The line just before John 12:24 of today’s reading anticipates his death and resurrection. “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”

We have heard the words, “death and resurrection” many times in our Christian lives, and can become complacent in living out the impact of those words. His death and resurrection are our hope and salvation—a message at the heart of our Christian faith and one we are obliged to tell the world.

We often see people who give up themselves to help others despite the risks. Our personal goals and wishes when buried are transformed into goals and wishes to help others. Then we become alive and one with humanity. When we cast our little seed into the ground of human suffering, it breaks forth and becomes what it was made for—to resurrect the lost and suffering. Isn’t this the Jesus we know who gave completely of himself for others? Are we not to follow and serve?

Unlike seeds, we are always in the growing season.

Let Us Pray:

Dear Lord, guide my way, so I do not walk in darkness, guide me to walk the path with those who suffer. Guide my way to bring your peace to everyone I meet.


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.