What kind of soil do we offer? Are we the path that makes no room at all for the seed? Or rocky? Or full of brambles? Or ready to welcome the seed that God, who delights in us, wishes to plant?


The parable of the sower and the seed is very important because it is the basis for understanding all the other parables as well as understanding God’s kingdom, which is revealed in parables. This parable is not about the sower and the seed, but about four conditions of ground. These represent our openness or lack of openness to God’s word. It is difficult to take God’s word to heart because God’s ways are not our ways. Our hearts are naturally deceitful and hardened, and the Lord repeatedly challenges us in His word to repent.

Jesus taught us there are four possible results from His word. Some who read the Scriptures are not affected at all. “Satan comes to carry off what was sown in them”. Often we can prevent this from happening by prayer and fasting.

Others who read the Bible accept the word “joyfully at the outset”. However, “when some pressure or persecution overtakes them because of the word, they falter”.

“Those sown among thorns are another class. They have listened to the word, but anxieties over life’s demands, and the desire for wealth, and cravings of other sorts come to choke it off; it bears no yield”.

Finally, “those sown on good soil are the ones who listen to the word, take it to heart, and yield at thirty- and sixty- and a hundredfold”.

What kind of soil do we offer?  Are we the path that makes no room at all for the seed?  Or rocky? Or full of brambles?  Or ready to welcome the seed that God, who delights in us, wishes to plant?

What is needed to ready the “soil” of our being?  A dose of generosity perhaps, or trust?  Do we need to make room?  Rid our ground of negativity, addiction, or regrets?  Be done with past hurts?  Deep resentments?

Jesus says that to those outside the kingdom everything is a parable. While they see and hear again and again, they do not perceive or understand, because if they did understand they would be converted to Jesus’ message and experience forgiveness.

Is Jesus suggesting that if we don’t understand a parable then we are blind and deaf to the kingdom already present? Is our blindness and deafness because we are somehow resistant to conversion of heart, to the experience of forgiveness, that experience of being humbled by love? ‘Listen, anyone who has ears to hear!’ Hear the Word and accept him – which seed are we today?


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