Jesus uses the easily comprehended image of the seed in today’s Gospel. It doesn’t matter how often the image is offered; I never tire of seeing it as a powerful image of potential. It could be a literal seed that is planted in the soil and nurtured.
It could also be the many figurative seeds that are planted in our hearts in childhood and youth, take root within us, and then come to fruition at a time of our life when we most need their fruits.
My ministry often involves planting seeds in the hearts of men and women with whom I work. That’s true of any of us involved in Christian ministry – being a parent or mentor, teaching, writing, spiritual direction, or generally being a companion on the journey.