Through the Eyes of the Sower – LoveCloud Daily
27, July 2012
Gospel: Matthew 13:18-23
Jesus Explains the Parable of the Sower
Listen, then, and learn what the parable of the sower means.Those who hear the message about the Kingdom but do not understand it are like the seeds that fell along the path. The Evil One comes and snatches away what was sown in them.The seeds that fell on rocky ground stand for those who receive the message gladly as soon as they hear it. But it does not sink deep into them, and they don’t last long. So when trouble or persecution comes because of the message, they give up at once.The seeds that fell among thorn bushes stand for those who hear the message; but the worries about this life and the love for riches choke the message, and they don’t bear fruit. And the seeds sown in the good soil stand for those who hear the message and understand it: they bear fruit, some as much as one hundred, others sixty, and others thirty.
Another way to look at our Gospel for today is through the eyes of the sower. When you think about it, why would the sower scatter his seeds on different kinds of terrain? If i were a sower, I’d probably not scatter my seeds on rocky ground, with thistles, or not let it get buried deep enough to grow quickly. As a sower, to maximize my yield, I would always sow on the soil which think would grow me the most product.
But Jesus is different. He wants to give us all a chance with His ministry. Even if he knows that we’re unworthy, that we might grow but fail to realize what was taught to us, He gives us a chance anyway. Perhaps, if Jesus chose to be only with those he thought were already on “good ground,” then none of us would be where we are right now. We are here because even if Jesus saw us on rocky ground, or with various vines and other plants, he still wanted to touch our lives.
We now ask ourselves, what kind of listeners are we? Are we those who respond to the call, or are we those who get caught with a lot of things and fail to bloom? As sowers and people who evangelize, do we choose who we sow to, or do we make sure we give everyone a chance?
Writer: Carlo Bontia | Artist: Jiah Margallo (Works of Heart)