A Reflection: The Parable of Sower- What Can This Mean for You?


Matthew 13 (New International Version)13 That same day Jesus went out of the house<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”> and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred,<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”>sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
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10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(H)”> has been given to you,<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(I)”> but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(J)”> 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:“Though seeing, they do not see;    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
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14 In them is fulfilled<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(L)”> the prophecy of Isaiah:“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;    they hardly hear with their ears,    and they have closed their eyes.Otherwise they might see with their eyes,    hear with their ears,    understand with their heartsand turn, and I would heal them.’<sup class="footnote" style="vertical-align: top;" value="[a]”>[a]16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(N)”> 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(O)”> but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(P)”> and does not understand it, the evil one<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(Q)”> comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(R)”> 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(S)”> choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

  Reflection.  Many a reflection and study has been made with this scripture, and the importance of it, is greater than some might think.  These past days I have had to take some personal time off due to some personal reasons that have been very hard on me, and caused much anxiety and pain.  So, because of this, I naturally took some time after work and spent some time alone in Church, alone, in an empty Church, with God.  After praying for help, guidance, protection, and most of all motivation to continue work with where the Holy Spirit takes me, I opened up the Bible and read the first thing that I came to.  It was in fact, Matthew 13.  Later on that evening, as I often due before sleep, I brought out my Bible audio application on my phone, inserted my earphones, and when the application opened, it opened on Matthew 13!  Truly God wanted me to read this, and truly this was not coincidence.  It was amazing to me that the very chapter I had read hours before, then automatically opened in my application, without my manipulation to the very same chapter!  Truly the Holy Spirit was at work!  I have spent the past few days reading, studying everything that I could on this wonderful parable, and trying to make sense of how this parable could help me in my current problems.  You see, I am the only adult in my household that believes in God, and I am the only one in my household that believes in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Not only that, but I am a convert to His most blessed Church, the Catholic Church.  Without going too much into my current problems, one may, by reading my reflection today, come to understand just a few of the problems that I have been wrestling with, within my personal life.

  You see in this parable that Jesus explains to the crowds, and then later in greater detail the meaning of the parable to His disciples.  This parable and teaching is found in three of the Canonical Gospels and all in the same chronological order.  This teaching was given by Christ the day after Jesus was rejected by the Pharises, and been called blasphemos, and they had plotted on how they might kill Him.  The only people of his land the very evening prior had stated:

Matthew 12
46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(BA)”> and brothers<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(BB)”> stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”
48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(BC)”> is my brother and sister and mother.”

But even still they did not listen.  Jesus then used and later told His disciples the meaning of the parable.  There are four types of souls.  For purposes of better understanding, they are- those that are on the path, those that are on bedrock, those that are among the thorns, and those that are in good soil.  These “choices” are not of a set group of people, but rather a personal choice that we all must make, for it is He that gave us the power of free will.  Let us never forget that the Earth belongs to the evil one, that is Satan, and it is up to us to reject these things of the Earthly life.

  Those that are on the path, hear the word (the seed), but do not understand it and therefore choose not to believe it.  Those that are on bedrock, hear the word, but quickly fall away, or choose not to believe due to obstacles that are in its path.  Those that are among the thorns, hear the word, but are entangled within Earthly desires or circumstances, want to believe, but because of the desires of this Earth choose to ignore the word, and therefore are not “fruitful.  This is most of what we see today with materialism, working not to survive but for Earthly possessions,  money, and greed.  This also can summarize most of the world.  You could even reflect harder and understand why our Lord said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)  The last part of the parable are those that are in good soil.  The seed finds good soil, is fruitful, and multiples a hundred fold.  These are the people that hear the word, accept the word, live by the word, and preserves it.  They are not concerned with anything by the Kingdom of Heaven.  These people know the power of what was said, embrace what was said, and let the power of the Holy Spirit work within them, spreading the Good News that Christ was born, and that He died so that we might be saved.  They accept God’s sovereignty over all, and do His will.  They want to honor and glorify God, and are with God always, never relenting to let His will be done.  

   There is another interesting part to this parable, that I think is often over-looked by man, and it is the very end-
Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

But what does this mean?  This is the human responsibility portion of the parable, that we must be receptive to the word, that we must “Let our light shine upon men..” (Matthew 5:6).  We must not be afraid to enlighten others with the word, we must go forth preaching the Good News, and we must not be afraid of the consequences.  We must soften our hearts to others.  But how can we hear?  We must not reject the power of the Holy Spirit, through it is with the Holy Spirit that the word is put into good soul, where it bears fruit and multiply.

   In conclusion, and within regards to my own life, I must come to realize the importance of this passage, and that when people don’t believe, nor experience the joy that the Holy Spirit has given me, it is not my fault.  It is the choice of all men on this Earth to be the fourth soul in this parable; that is the soul that hears the word, bears fruit, and multiplies a hundred fold.  I must not focus on the Earthly tribulations of my human life, and must reject the anxiety that comes with it, for in anxiety and grief, the evil one attacks, and brings forth sin.  I must stand strong, asking for the Holy Spirit to help me, beg for forgiveness in my sin, and ask to be by Christ’s most precious Sacred Heart, bear the fruit of the word, and share it with all.  Truly the Devil awaits and attacks me daily, but truly when I think I may stray, Christ and His love for me will prevail.  Do not be disheartened my friends, and keep Christ with you always.  Stay the course, and keep up the fight, for you are not alone.  God Bless~ CJA

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