July 15, 2017

15th Sunday - A (July 16, 2017)


A Path, Rocky Ground, Thorny Ground, or Rich Soil

This parable has three elements: the sower, the seed, and the ground.

The sower is the focus of the parable.  In fact, Jesus entitles it “the parable of the sower.” [1]  The outstanding and ever peculiar quality of the sower is that he sows generously and indiscriminately of the kinds of ground.  This is not typical behavior of farmers.  What does Jesus tell us here about the way God sows the seed of God’s word?

The seed is small, and may appear insignificant [2].  Yet, the genetic code for a plant or a large shrub is all there in that small seed.  The seed of God’s word has all the potential “to bear fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” 

Then there is the ground.  That’s me!

God sows the seed of God’s word generously.  The seed has all that is needed to bear fruit.

What kind of soil my ground is for the seed is up to me.  

[1] & [2]  http://www.progressiveinvolvement.com
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