The directions on the packet of flower seeds read: "Seeds need darkness to germinate." It makes me think of myself. I want to grow. I want to become more than I am. Yet, so often my self-guided efforts leave me feeling empty, looking for Something More. The "germination", the better life that I seek, must start in darkness. Lent is that darkness.In that darkness the seed must die so that new life can begin.
Instead of offering the fruits of the harvest, Cain should have offered the Lord his seeds.