A reading from the gospel according to Mark 4:1-20:
1 On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea. A very large crowd gathered around him so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down. And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land.
2 And he taught them at length in parables, and in the course of his instruction he said to them,
3 “Hear this! A sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 Other seed 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 and it produced no grain.
8 And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”
9 He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”
10 And when he was alone, those present along with the Twelve questioned him about the parables.
11 He answered them, “The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you. But to those outside everything comes in parables,
12 so that they may look and see but not perceive, and hear and listen but not understand, in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven.”
13 Jesus said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of the parables?
14 The sower sows the word.
15 These are the ones on the path where the word is sown. As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once and takes away the word sown in them.
16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who, when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy.
17 But they have no roots; they last only for a time. Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
18 Those sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the word,
19 but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit.
20 But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it
and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”
Reflection: The Word of God
Jesus speaks to us in many ways: through the scriptures, other people, events, sparks of thought, and through our dreams. Yet many times, we don’ recognize it and even if we hear His voice, we ignore it. He does not stop though. He will continue to knock in our heart. He will continue to show us the way.
The words of Jesus are powerful. They are wonderful and true. They were spoken to be heard, to be believed, and to be lived. Though it seems many people reject them, they will not be in vain. For sure, He is patient, loving and merciful. In due time, even the hardest of hard hearts will melt and the seed of the Word will be implanted there, germinate and bear fruit.
We need to listen to Him now. Let us make our heart a fertile ground and make it a garden of His words. Above all, let it be shown outwards for all to see that indeed we are the good soil.
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