Day 4 (Feb 29)
– Conditions of the Garden of my Heart

Day 4 (Feb 29)
Conditions of the Garden of my Heart

Where is your weakest link?

“We will not understand God’s Word until we are prepared to understand it.”

Bishop Robert Barron

The Parable of the Sower is also known as the Parable of the Soils. Jesus used this parable to focus our attention on the conditions of the soil in our hearts. Now, we first need to understand the importance of soil in supporting plant growth. Soil has two main functions: to supply and hold nutrients; and to provide anchorage for a plant. Good soil allows for a strong, healthy root system to form, which makes for a stable plant as it grows bigger. 

In the same way, the main nutrient for our faith is God’s Word without which our spiritual lives will wither. The anchorage is the Sacraments and Eucharistic celebrations; faith communities and groups from which we draw support. On a personal level, anchorage comes from our prayer life, lifestyle, habits and routines

The condition of the soil in our heart also indicates the condition of our souls! As we prepare to dig deeper in this spiritual journey, let us take our soil seriously by examining our lives for weak links that hinder the growth of our faith and thus an intimate relationship with Christ.


Are you making a conscious effort to structure your life to allow for solid and visible growth in your faith?


Dear Lord, thank you for guiding me to examine my life closely. You have made me realize the importance of preparing the soil of my heart in order to embrace and understand your Word!

As my response to your invitation, Lord, I desire to take some time today to thoroughly examine my life and plan concrete changes to realize the goals I set out to achieve. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.