Mk 4:1-20 Seeds And Paths

This is a syndicated post from Daily Meditations with Fr. Alfonse. [Read the original article...]

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Jesus said to the crowd:  “Hear this!  A sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil.  It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep.  And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots.  Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it and it produced no grain.  And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit.”
Seed that fell on the path.  These are the ones who “just” believe in God, and to believe in a god, any god, is no big deal, for even the devil believes in God.  The unfortunate reality of this seed is that it never had a chance to grow because it never had a chance to settle in.  The world around them was too harsh. 
Babies get baptized into the faith all the time and then… they disappear.  Young adults go to Catechism classes and get confirmed, and then… they disappear.  Why?  What happened?  The unfortunate reality of these children is that they never got a chance to grow because they never got a chance to settle in.  They were rushed in by their parents and rushed out.  They were thrown in one day and blown away the next.  Did the graces they receive ever get a chance to mature?  Not on the path of self-reliance.  Not on the path of “I know better.”  Not on the path of self-righteousness.  No!  Not even the path paved with a ton of opinions and very little study would do the trick. 
This seed was snatched as soon as it fell.   There were birds hiding and waiting.    
The birds came and ate it up.  To believe in God means to embrace the Lord in every single aspect of your life.  It means to allow Him to be the one and only one to define who you are and what you should do.  What exactly does it mean to believe in God?  It means to be another Christ.  What exactly does it mean to not believe in God?  It means to become fodder – a meal – for creatures.  This is exactly what is happening to so many of our youth today.  They are getting picked off like seed, along the path that leads to destruction.  Of course they thought they had chosen the path that would bring them success.  Instead, it turned out to be a path taken by many before them, in which they were used and sold as fodder – a means to an end – for creatures to maintain power over them.
Seed Sown on rocky ground.  These are the ones who receive the word of God with great joy, but when tribulation or persecution comes because of the Word, they quickly fall away.
Just recently I heard that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) may be reversing their long standing opposition regarding gay scout leaders.  If you recall, this organization studied the matter for nearly two years and recently concluded that it would be best for the ban to be maintained.  Now, six months later, they may be reversing their decision.  Why?  It’s clear.
If these rumors are true, then the BSA’s change of heart has nothing to do with additional study but with additional pressure: pressure from within and from without.  The BSA has finally been dragged into place…last place, right behind the Susan G. Komen foundation.  [Whenever an organization reverses itself in less than a week it has nothing to do with a change of heart, but with a loss of a lot of change.] 
I think many parents across the country will have a tough choice ahead of them if the BSA reverses itself.  Why?  Not so much for their reversal on gay scout leaders, but for the fact that their decision is inconsistent with their mission.  The BSA prides itself in raising boys to men.  So when did surrendering under pressure make someone a man? 
Now I also heard (from the local media) that the BSA leadership may be abdicating their role in setting policy by allowing local branches to decide for themselves.  Believe me when I tell you, like every weak leader and council, this is simply a well known strategy to shift attention and focus away from them and place the burden on others.  Let’s have no doubts about it.  In the end, the leaders betrayed their followers and all will have to fall in place, one way or another, today or tomorrow, because of them. 
The BSA, after so many hard fought legal battles and victories, may have surrendered their morals and values to public opinion and investors.  What merit badge can one earn from that? 

Well, I never did hear clear reasons for the BSA’s ban, so I’m somewhat curious to hear the reasons for their reversal (if it happens).

Very few institutions have the soil it takes for seed to take root and grow.  Most are simply content with their members falling in line and following the path of saying and doing what is expected of them. Unfortunately, they only end up getting swollowed. 

But the Lord made it clear:  seed needs rich soil, and we know how soil becomes rich.  In fact, most people who consider the Church their enemy actually describe us quite accurately, which may explain our longevity. 

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Fr. Alfonse (791 Posts)


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