Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 4,1-20
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.
And he taught them at length in parables, and in the course of his instruction he said to them,
Hear this! A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep.
And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it and it produced no grain.
And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”
He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”
And when he was alone, those present along with the Twelve questioned him about the parables.
He answered them, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been granted to you. But to those outside everything comes in parables,
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.'”
Jesus said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of the parables?
The sower sows the word.
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.
And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who, when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy.
But they have no root; they last only for a time. Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
Those sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the word,
but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit.
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.”
The Seed is already your life
1) Teach: Jesus is practical, he goes and puts himself out in public so that everyone can see and hear Him. Jesus is not exclusive, He makes himself accessible to everyone. Today Jesus’ lesson is that we have to have an open and creative heart where we look for ways to reach everybody; not just the selected ones. Use your imagination to reach everyone and everything. A Christian must be creative to convey the word of God. Do you use your creativity to evangelize?
2) Parable: Jesus seeks that each one of us contemplates His parables and can resolve within ourselves what He teaches. He presents His lesson with everyday events and facts of life so that conclusions can be drawn from there. Let’s not speak the word of God in a difficult language. Today you need to use simple words, common language, that people understand, otherwise they don’t grasp the meaning. It seems like we like to talk in difficult language to show how important we are … No! Jesus goes to simple words and everyday deeds to show us the love of God. Do you think you’re more important and use complicated words to show off?
3) The seed and the fruit: today God continues to put the Seed of His kingdom in you. He trusts you and knows that just by opening your heart you will be fruitful. Today, God invites you to grow from Him and with Him; Don’t let the parasites and plagues hurt you. The key is to strengthen your roots… your dialogue with God. How are your roots today?
May God bless you in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit
Always remember heaven is our goal