As I write this reflection storms are rolling in; winds, thunder and a constant rain. Gazing out my front porch window I admire my very green grass due to the recent rains. The lawn was just mowed before the storms, and it looks good from my distant vantage point. However, upon closer inspection the short greenery is not what it appears. Actually, the LAWN is very green, but there is not much grass. The lawn consists of more weeds than grass. Hmmm… How did all those weeds end up growing in my yard? My neighbors’ lawns are green, but contain more grass than weeds; Huh! Could it be possible MY weeds are seeding the neighbors’ lawns? Today’s Gospel speaks to us about sowing good seed, a tiny mustard seed growing into a large tree-like plant where birds dwell in its branches and wheat mixed with yeast produces leavened. Three parables (stories) illustrating the Kingdom of God’s outreach. The lawn maybe a reflection of myself. At a glance, outward appearance looks great! However, upon close inspection there are wrinkles, crackling joints, bulging versus firmness and the list could continue. And, not mentioning in too much depth the spoken words that provide laughter through sarcasm versus joyful humor, a little gossip here and there, harsh words that destroy rather than build. Actions that are self-centered versus caring for others…Hmmm.. What are those seven deadly sins again; Sloth, Envy, Covetousness, Pride, Gluttony, Lust and Anger. So, here is the Good News! God’s providential grace is a continuous downpour enriching our enƟre being with vital nutrients for producing unbelievable fruits. All we need to do is to be open to God’s grace, and beware of His constant Presence in our lives. Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that we can remove the weeds from our lawn now, rather than later. Thus, we lessen the sowing of weedy seeds to ourselves, neighbors, and providing good seeds for producing growth in the Kingdom. Let us be aware of God’s Presence in our lives and the downpouring of Grace. How does your lawn look? God’s Blessings!