Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI

Reflection for July 16, 2017

by Sister Mary Kabat

As I go for walks I am fascinated to see where a dandelion, a maple tree seed or a wild flower will manage against great odds to sprout. There it is thriving in a crack in the sidewalk, in the gravel on the side of the road and even in the gutters on someone’s home.

Such sightings give me great personal encouragement and come to mind as I reflect on this Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 13:1-23) of the sower casting seeds which land on every type or lack of soil.  In the story the sower casts the seed abundantly.  We know in our story, our Sower casts the seed abundantly again and again.

If you garden, as I do, you know that soil can be tilled, softened, fertilized, cleared of rocks and watered to make it a welcoming place for seeds to grow.  Do your part with the soil of your heart and soul, and trust that God will abundantly sow the seed of his love and word and give it growth.  It will “achieve the end for which (God) sent it.”  (Isaiah 55:11)



Perfect reflection and analogy, Mary, during this season of gardens and growth. Thank you!

Thank you, Sister Mary. A timely reflection.

Beautiful! Thank you, Sister Mary!

Love to garden...and love your reflection. Just yesterday I saw a
beautiful stalk of Queen Ann's Lace blooming in a crack of cement.
Surely God's work. Thank you, Sister.

Thank you for writing such a beautiful reflection on today's Gospel. They are words to live by this week.


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