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We sow, and God provides the harvest, Pope tells Sunday audience

June 18, 2012

At his Sunday Angelus audience on June 17, Pope Benedict XVI said that the parable of the sower and the seeds shows that "the Kingdom of God, though it requires our collaboration, is above all a gift of God, a grace which precedes man and his works."

The farmer sows his ground, the Pope explained, but his ultimate success or failure relies entirely on nature. “What supports the farmer in his daily efforts is his trust in the power of the seed and in the goodness of the earth.” He plants the seeds, knowing that they will sprout and blossom and grow. Similarly, the Pope said, “All Christians, then, know that they must do everything they can, but that the final result depends upon God: this knowledge sustains them in their daily trials, especially in moments of difficulty.”


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