Hear this! A sower went out to sow” (Mark 4:1).
By any measure, one of the great Catholic “sowers” of God’s word was St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). This 13th century Dominican friar organized and presented Catholic doctrine in a transparent framework based on the methodical and systematic exposition of knowledge perfected by Aristotle for the sciences. His brilliant insights are evident in Catholic teaching today. A great sower produced a great harvest for teachers and preachers for centuries to come.
Aquinas is often regarded as a philosopher, but his deepest contributions were as theologian and scripture scholar. At the time when reason and revelation, authority and inspiration were often blurred as sources of knowledge, Aquinas distinguished them but also insisted that because there is only one reality there can be only one truth. His approach to that truth was summarized in the phrase: “Faith seeking understanding.”
Each of us is invited to seek a deeper understanding of the world we live in so we can contribute something to the beauty and order of the cosmos. We use reason to take us to the threshold of truths accessible through art and prayer. The goal is a wholistic view of creation open to the presence of the Creator, and the hope that comes from discerning God’s plan for us revealed in the Incarnation—God among us in the person of Jesus Christ.
We thank God for the gift of our minds and our imaginations, our emotional grasp of truths that hide from logic but reveal themselves within relationships and in our experience of love.