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A Sower Went Out to Sow Some Seed

 

A Sower Went Out to Sow Some Seed...

 

So goes last Sunday's gospel.  I could relate.  You see, they put my lawn in on Friday, and I'd just spent three hours Friday and seven hours Saturday watering 50,000 square feet of seed and straw, on a very hot summer's weekend.  Sunburned, and tired, I had trouble concentrating on Fr. Amedeus' message, but I could certainly relate to the parable, because then came the rain.  Sunday's "gulley washer" had put a lot of the seed onto walkways, and rain-exposed rocks, not to mention several large areas of topsoil which had washed thin.  I felt as though all that work and expense had been for naught, and I would be lucky to have a lawn this year. 

 

Monday I called the landscaper to ask, what do I do NOW?  "Don't worry", he said.  "The good ground will take hold of the seed, and yes, you may have some bare spots, but eventually the grass will take over the whole lawn.  If not this year, then next Spring.  You just keep watering it, and I'll throw down some more fertilizer in a few weeks."  Then he said something that surprised me.  "Trust me; I've been at this for many years and know what I'm doing."  I reflected on his words, and the words of the scripture that evening, and suddenly this parable that had often terrified me, was seen in a different light.  I'd like to share my thoughts with you.

 

I've always been afraid that the seeds of faith, sown in my life might not have fallen on "good ground".  That somehow, my sins and shallowness would choke out this faith, and in time I might drift away from The Lord.  I mean, how can I predict the future?  How does anyone know whether they're rocky, shallow, or good ground?  I'd never considered the possibility that we're actually all three.  Sometimes hard; sometimes shallow; but sometimes sincere and "deep".  So maybe I've been asking the wrong question concerning this passage from Matthew 13.  Maybe it's not so much a matter of what type of ground I am, as what am I doing with the "good ground" part of me?  Am I keeping it watered with prayer, communion, and Bible study?  Am I keeping it fertilized with good works?  [Father's "manure" reference drew a few chuckles Sunday evening, but hey, St. Paul calls his good works "dung", which can just as likely be seen as fertilizer, and not necessarily "garbage".  Especially when God is at work.]  Perhaps I've spent too much time worrying, and not enough time growing in The Lord? 

 

So I've resolved to 'trust Him.  He's been at this for many years, and knows what He's doing'.  And as long as I keep watering and fertilizing, the good ground will indeed take hold, and  eventually 'produce a hundred, or sixty or thirtyfold' (Mt 13:8).  I'm actually looking forward to getting out there this week, and watching the grass grow while I keep it watered!

 

Cap

 

Caps Corner Bio

Mark Capuano

By the Fall of 2008 Mark Capuano (Cap) was comfortable and content with his life as an Evangelical Elder.  Thinking he "had it all figured out" his thoughts were primarily on spending his remaining years in the company of friends and acquaintances within his tight circle of fellow believers in rural Ohio.  God had other plans.  


Spurred by a particularly harsh criticism of the Catholic Church he'd heard from a missionary to Italy, Cap decided to finally explore the history of Christianity in depth.  Only this time, rather than reading what others had to say, he decided to go right to the source - the Apostolic Fathers.  What he discovered changed his mind, his world, his life.  

A study which began as an apology of Catholicism to be a legitimate, Biblically based Christian religion, ended up a defense of Orthodoxy itself, and the first step in a personal journey back to the Church of his youth.  By the summer of 2011 the journey was complete.  His book "Giving My Ancestors a Vote" details this thought process from a first person perspective.  Mark's hope is that it will ultimately be of value as a starting point toward unity, which is the prayer of our Lord.  

"Cap's Corner" is a collection of short thoughts and lessons, also intended to help others along their own person faith journey.  Never at a loss for wit, you may find these articles interesting and enjoyable.

Cap currently resides in Bolivar, Ohio and is a member of The Church of The Holy Trinity in Zoar.  A professional chemical/materials engineer, he is now retired from The Timken Steel Company.  In addition to Jesus Christ, his passions include music, reading, and fishin'.