the parable of the sower

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Gospel Mt 13:18-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Hear the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom
without understanding it,
and the Evil One comes and steals away
what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground
is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil
is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

 

In reading the parable of the sower at first glance one might see the message about the soil that the seed falls on and sees themselves as one of the four types of ground.Recollection on the parable a little longer might get one not to see themselves as one of the four types of soil, but instead  themselves as all four  at varying times in their lives; each per chance can change into another . A path might become fertile and rock too can be broken down. In a negative direction fertile soil can be overgrown by thorn and weed and in the positive perhaps the seed can choke out the thorn. Does any one observe the sower though? That sower spreads the seeds indiscriminately: the seed as the word is available to all. How it grows depends on how we receive it. So many people look as the word as being exclusively theirs,, yet the truth is that the Grace of God is available to all.

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