Listen, anyone who has ears!

Everyone loves a good story and Jesus is a great storyteller. In today’s Gospel, we see crowds of people gathered around to hear Jesus’ teaching – so many that he has to get into a boat and go out on the lake in order to be heard.

The parable of the sower shows us that there are many ways to receive the Word of God. We might fail altogether  to understand the Word. We might respond to the Lord’s teaching with joy, but without deep roots – a shallow faith that disappears as soon as the going gets tough. We may be distracted by the things of the world, so that we don’t really hear God’s Word at all. Or our lives may be rich soil where the seed of God’s Word can grow and bear fruit.

The parable acts as a warning, challenging us to look at ourselves and ask what might be preventing the Word of God from taking root in our lives. But Jesus also invites us to reflect on the figure of the sower, who scatters the seed generously on all kinds of ground and who doesn’t give up. Each of us is called to witness to our faith, sowing the seed of the Word of God. The parable reminds us, like the sower, to keep on scattering the seed generously and never give up.

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