Vatican City, Jul 12, 2020 / 05:00 am
Pope Francis urged Catholics Sunday to reflect on whether they are receptive to the Word of God.
In his Angelus address July 12, he meditated on Sunday's Gospel reading, in which Jesus recounts the Parable of the Sower. In the parable, a farmer scatters seed on four types of terrain -- a path, rocky ground, thorns, and good soil -- only the last of which successfully produces grain.
The pope said: "We can ask ourselves: what type of terrain am I? Do I resemble the path, the rocky ground, the bramble bush?"
"But, if we want, we can become good soil, ploughed and carefully cultivated, to help ripen the seed of the Word. It is already present in our heart, but making it fruitful depends on us; it depends on the embrace that we reserve for this seed."