Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
(Luke 8:11 NKJV)
The parable of the sower is certainly among those best known by Christians and others. The biblical text proposes it in three gospels (Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-25 and Luke 8:4-14), and all accompany it with the explanation of the Master to the disciples, because "to them is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom ". As a result, we too can read it. What is no longer a mystery, in fact, is that faith and belief can only be born through the word of God, the seed scattered by the sower. It is not at all reductive to say that we can reach faith through the seed of the word, and its sowing in our lives. If for the psalmist it was the lamp to illuminate his path, for the New Testament believer it is the essential element to birth, growth and development, as they are those who "believe it in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with perseverance" . Each believer has this potential also in his hands, suited to spread it in the field, along the streets and where it has the possibility.
The parable of the sower allows us to reflect on four categories of people or on four situations in our lives. One element unites them: all have had the opportunity to hear the word, to receive the seed of faith, even if each one has its own reaction. The first are those who receive the word along the way, where it is trampled or eaten by the birds of the air. These are those who are easily robbed by the devil. They could be those who are always in a hurry, who arrive at meetings always late and always leave early: they have the minutes counted. They dedicate the remnant of their time, or while they try to devote time to the Lord they let themselves be taken in by other worries and / or programs. They must understand that this is at the expense of their salvation, because the devil's interest is that they do not believe. If the seed of the word does not have time to reach deep and germinate, because the distractions completely wipe it away. Fretta is also synonymous with superficiality. Who knows that this meditation allows anyone to be able to understand that sometimes it is necessary to leave the road and place oneself in the "field of the Lord" to be cared for and planted. The effort of preaching is precisely this, that some come to salvation.
The second category are those that have a rock beneath them, and it is not the rock of Jesus. They are those who always rejoice, and who listen to the word exude of happiness. But just as they are ready to rejoice, just as easily they fall into despair. They are the believers without balance. The first storm sweeps away their faith. Their arrangement does not allow the seed to take root deeply. Then there are those who are surrounded by thorns, suffocated by the stresses of life. Even these do not have deep roots, they do not really feel part of the work involved. They live tangled and difficult situations, which often bring pain, because the thorns sting. For the sower, these are those who are a constant problem and whose care requires a lot of attention, precisely because of the thorns that surround them. Finally, there are those in good ground, whose heart has neither rocks nor thorns, and when the seed falls down into the depths. They bear fruit with perseverance, because their life is not shrouded by birds, it is not entangled by solicitations, it is not distracted by anything else. In which of these categories do you place?
Weekly Bible reading plan
March 4 Numbers 29-31; Mark 9:1-29
March 5 Numbers 32-34; Mark 9:30-50
March 6 Numbers 35-36; Mark 10:1-31
March 7 Deuteronomy 1-3; Mark 10:32-52
March 8 Deuteronomy 4-6; Mark 11:1-18
March 9 Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 11:19-33
March 10 Deuteronomy 10-12; Mark 12:1-27
At the time of the pharaohs, in some situations the people, masked, singing hymns and praises, accompanied a parade of oxen that were sacrificed in honor of the god Nile. In chronological order, before the Romans we find the Greeks, who had among the many gods the god of wine Dionysius to whom a particular cult was dedicated. The Greek Dionysius, in the Roman world, became the god Bacchus, and the feast was resumed in the Bacchanalia and Saturnalia. Over time a certain Christianity has tried to change clothes at the party. When the church wants to "dress" corrupt and pagan practices it falls into compromise, mixing light and darkness in a mixture of confusion without truth and freedom. It is therefore preferable to preach the truth, without imposing anything. If one celebrates the Carnival, ask yourself what is Christian.
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