Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time [I]

Reading Exodus 20:1-17
Gospel Matthew 13:18-23

“‘But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it….’”

If you work on a computer you know that how many things one can do with them. They can help us with our homework, with our finances, with preparing a talk, with sending messages and pictures to our loved ones by email. The list seems endless.

The more we get used to working with computers, the more we get used to doing what the professionals call “multi-tasking”: that is, trying to do several things at once. With computers, this means printing one thing, sending an email, downloading a file, and so on and so forth, all at once. With computers, the more you can multi-task, the smarter you are. Or so the theory supposes.

Jesus is saying something very different in today’s Gospel passage. The parable that He tells us has a simple point: we need to focus on God in order to love Him. In a way, Jesus’ parable reminds us of what Jesus said to Martha when He visited the home of Martha and Mary. Martha and Mary were very different sisters. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, listening to His words, while Martha was multi-tasking all over the house. Mary focused her attention on Jesus, while Martha did not.

Your soul is like a field. Jesus wants to sow good seed in your soul so that, at the end of your life in this world, He can find a rich field of grace to harvest. But the parable that Jesus tells us shows that even though Jesus takes good seed everywhere He goes, some fields—some souls—are better than others. The good soul, ready to accept the seed of God’s Word, is the soul that focuses on God. This is the person who prays daily to God, asks His help, and knows that God will forgive all sins. When we look at the crucifix, and pray to Jesus, focusing on His love for us, we see the One who will lead us to life forever with Him in Heaven.