Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 13,1-23
On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up.
Some 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.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
The disciples approached him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”
He said to them in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables, because ‘they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.'”
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: ‘You shall indeed hear but not understand you shall indeed look but never see.
Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and be converted, and I heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it”.
Hear then the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”
When the sun comes out, you get lost
1) The seed: it is what is good inside your heart, we all have good within us that lighten our life and the life of others, but in the course of life we can destroy the seed and therefore lose the fruit or the outcome of good. You can become a hard person, toughening your heart where no one can depend on you because you are always on the defensive and are always expecting the worst from people. You can also become shallow by being a daily activist forgetting to have time for yourself. When a problem arises, it burns everything in your life and your hope crumbles. You become a protestant in life. You can also become a person that hurts others like a spine, a negative person because you left God out of your life. You must make time for you and God in your life for the seed to prosper.
2) Open yourself to the good things in life: Please avoid the hardness in your heart, do not wander on the road of life. People need you. You can make a difference, leave the past behind by letting go of your mistakes. Live the present and look what you can do today. There is always an opportunity to do good.
3) You see: today you have the possibility to be able to see the greatness of God in your life. Look at the people close to you, family members. Do not look away from them. Address them with your heart and see what good comes from it. Look and live for the seed to prosper.
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Remember that Heaven is our goal!