top of page


Friends, the First Reading and the Gospel this Sunday feature the symbol of the fertile seed. In both texts, the seed is the Word of God but what makes the seed grow depends on how it is received. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI gave this reflection on the place of the Word of God in our lives. It is both practical and profound:

‘So then, how do things stand in our own lives? Are we truly pervaded by the word of God? Is that word truly the nourishment we live by, even more than bread and the things of this world? Do we really know that word? Do we love it? Are we deeply engaged with this word to the point that it really leaves a mark on our lives and shapes our thinking? Or is it rather the case that our thinking is constantly being shaped by all the things that others say and do? Aren’t prevailing opinions the criterion by which we all too often measure ourselves? Do we not perhaps remain, when all is said and done, mired in the superficiality in which people today are generally caught up? Do we allow ourselves truly to be deeply purified by the word of God?

Pope Benedict XVI, Chrism Mass, 2009.


bottom of page