A reading from the gospel of Matthew 13:1-9
Parable of the Soil
1 On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
3 And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up.
5 Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
6 and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots.
7 Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
8 But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
9 Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
Reflection: Receiving God’s Word
Jesus is speaking about the kinds of people who receive His Word. He likened them to soils where seeds fall upon. So the question is: what kind of soil are you?
Many people are not receptive of the Word because they find it irrelevant or that it runs counter to their world views and aspirations. Others are prevented from listening by personal factors such as their arrogance. They think they already know a lot and there is nothing more that they need to learn.
But there are really well-meaning listeners. Like in Jesus’ time, they dedicated some time to listen to Him and became His avid disciples. When Jesus ascended, their number multiplied not just a hundred fold but up to present moment, billions of humans claim to be His followers.
The word LISTEN or HEAR appears a lot of time in the Holy Scripture. Its importance cannot be overstated. It is by listening that we understand. Some people would rather talk than listen. Perhaps we should look at the mirror and ask ourselves why we have two ears but only one mouth.
Good listeners are transformed by what they hear and they themselves become instruments for transforming others. They become fruitful. Are you one of them?