Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil.
The ground use to be much softer than it is today. I don’t mean in Jesus’ time. I mean in the ‘70s. I remember falling down in the 1970s and it hardly hurt at all. Today, it is much more painful and the only reason I can think of is that the ground today is much harder than it used to be. This is almost certainly an effect of global warming.
Christ tells the parable of a sower going out to sow. The seed falls on different types of ground; some make growth possible. Some make growth easy. And some make growth all but impossible.
The seed is the same; it is the ground that changes. The seed is the Word; we are the ground.
And good gardener will tell you that you have to prepare the ground and maintain it. You have to turn the soil over; you have to remove the rocks. You have to pull the weeds. You have to make the soil the best that it can be so that the seed can produce much fruit.
Why did Saint Frances become Saint Frances or Mother Theresa become Mother Theresa or Saint john Paul the Second become Saint John Paul the Second? Did they get a better Gospel than the rest of us and so they became saints? What about less famous but very holy people — do they have an advantage we don’t? Of course not. We all receive the same Gospel.
Most of those who are holy don’t become holy by accident. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. Holiness comes from tending the ground and making sure the seed can grow. From pulling the weeds through our prayer life; through hauling the rocks away through confession; through making the ground fertile through frequent participation at Mass and reception of the Holy Eucharist: these are the things that make a person holy. Let us pray always for the grace and wisdom to be able gardeners of our own souls and so make the ground ready to receive the seed when the sower comes.