The challenge presented to us today is found in the parable of the seed as found in Mark’s account of The Lord talking to a huge crowd gathered around Him as He sat in a boat on the water while the people remained on the shore nearby.

Jesus said:  “Listen carefully to this.  A farmer went out sowing.  Some of what he sowed landed on the footpath where the birds came along and ate it.  Some of the seed landed on rocky ground where it had little soil; it sprouted immediately because the soil had no depth.  Then, when the sun rose and scorched it, it began to wither for lack of roots.  Again, some landed among thorns, which grew up and choked it off, and there was no yield of grain.  Some seed, finally, landed on good soil and yielded grain that sprang up to produce at a rate of thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”    [Mark 4:3-9]

In our recovery on this new day, we should reflect on how deep is our desire for the fruits of recovery.  Do we have a strong desire to live the life of the program of AA so that we have more joy in life today?  With the accompanying presence of God leading us and inspiring us, a greater life awaits us today.  Once we take time to be aware of the presence of our God, we instinctively act differently.  We will go about our activities today with a new sense of purpose.  We will treat those we encounter differently.  We will indeed find love which we all want so desperately.

So it behooves us to pray today for this desire to reap more from the seed of life God has planted in our heart.  The Lord is ever faithful and always present.

Am I going to be present to His grace and let it produce an abundant harvest in my life today?

  These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.