Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 8,4-15
When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable.
A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up.
Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold.” After saying this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”
Then his disciples asked him what the meaning of this parable might be.
He answered, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that ‘they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.’
This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word of God.
Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved.
Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe only for a time and fall away in time of trial.
As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit.
But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.”
Seeds sown yield their harvest
1 On the roadside. This is the person I call a “border Christian,” a person who lives their life at the limit and does not know how to foresee or plan ahead in depth. He is worried about everything, but he always waits until the last moment. He has no inner, spiritual life nor does he give himself time for himself. He is always in a hurry and resolving things that he did not resolve at the time.
2 Rocks. Now here is what I call the “yes-but-no Christian.” They say “yes” to everything, but rarely take action. They can give you the run around and promise a lot, but never finish anything. This person participates cheerfully, they get enthusiastic easily but because they are superficial, they never persevere. They have no spiritual life and no depth in the way they speak and think. They may be good at thinking, but will lack concreteness, and they can’t seem to put things into action because their feet are not firmly on the ground.
3 Thorns. This is the “worried, afflicted Christian” who is always distressed and even his face shows it. This type of Christian is always looking for excuses and lives worrying about everything. He worries and argues over details, over insignificant things. He is afraid to commit.
We are called to receive God’s word. Jesus invites you to be fertile soil, to open your heart wide to God. Let Jesus enter your life; He will fulfill you and you will bear the fruit of happiness. With Jesus, you will be a confident person, always looking to do good to someone. Contribute to your church and not only with just money, but also your time and your talents. Let’s keep going because heaven is our goal!
God bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.