Thursday, July 22, 2010
PARABLE OF SOWER EXPLAINED – JULY 23RD FRIDAY (Mt 13: 18-23)
1. This parable also has an impact on those who sow. The disciples were faced with a situation in which Jesus seemed to rouse nothing but hostility in the religious leaders, and nothing but is very short-lived response in the crowd. It is in no way surpassing it in the hearts of the disciples; there was sometimes deep disappointment.
2. When we sow the seed of the word, we do not know what we are doing or what effect the seed is having. It is our task to sow the seed and to leave the rest to God.
3. When we sow the seed, we must not look for quick results. There is never any haste in nature’s growth. It takes long time before the seed germinates in the heart of the individual.
4. The line between sowing the word and reaping the kingdom harvest is not straight and unproblematic. The word encounters many difficulties between its original sowing and its eventual harvest.
5. Although the response and actions of believers do not affect the final coming of the kingdom the choices they make are ultimately important, for they determine which side they are on at the final harvest.
We all sow seeds in our day today lives. Every thought, word and action could be a seed. Every seed will sprout in due time but we cannot expect bad seed to sprout as a good plant. Therefore we need to be careful in our day to day dealings. An unnecessary harsh word might hurt another person for his life time. A word of encouragement could elevate a person to greater heights. We should be careful in the choice of the seed as well the place where we sow it!
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