We have been hearing a lot of parables in our daily and Sunday readings these past few weeks. In fact, we heard the Gospel today in our Sunday reading just a couple of weeks ago. Parables and stories capture our imagination and help us understand God and what the Kingdom of God is about. Even though a lot of our society is not involved in agriculture and farming as full-time occupations, many of us have gardens, so the parable of the sower still speaks to us today. We can sow seeds in a lot of ways in life. Some of those seeds will fall on ground where they cannot take root, but some of the seeds will bear great fruit for God’s kingdom. We won’t know if we don’t try. If we just keep those seeds on a shelf, afraid to plant them for fear of failure, then none of them will take root. We need to take risks on our journey of faith. We need to go where God calls us, even if it seems scary.
We think a lot about the seeds of faith that are sowed right here in Mississippi. We have the Glenmary missionaries and Priests of the Sacred Heart coming from up North to found parishes down here. We have diocesan priests from Ireland and other parts of the United States coming here to dedicate their lives to building up God’s kingdom in our parishes here in Mississippi. And now we have a large group of priests from India working in our diocese. As we celebrate 100 years of Catholicism here at St James parish in Tupelo, we look back and see a lot of seeds that have been sown throughout those years. What are the seeds that we are able to sow today in our lives?