The Parable of the Sower
From the desk of Ms. Kathleen Cook, Director of Religious Education
Theme: Having hearts receptive to God’s teaching. The Parable of the Sower
Scripture: “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.” Matthew 13:1-23
A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he scattered the seed, some fell on the hard path nearby and the birds came and ate it up.As the farmer continued to plant the seeds, some of them fell on soil that was full of rocks. There was not much dirt around the rocks so the seeds started to sprout and grow the very next day. The only problem was, there was little dirt, so the plants didn’t put down roots which would help them become strong and healthy.
In the afternoon, the sun was very hot so the plants that had started to grow in the rocky soil withered and died because they had no root in the ground. Some of the other seeds fell on soil that had been taken over with weeds and thorns.
The weeds and thorns grew faster and taller than the plants from the seeds, so they choked out the plants that the sower wanted to grow. Finally, some seed fell on the good soil that had been plowed, fertilized, and weeded to make a good place for the seed to grow.Those seeds made healthy plants and produced good fruit.
This is the lesson that Jesus wanted his disciples to learn, and it is also the lesson that he wants us to learn today.
The seed that the sower was planting in the story represents the teaching of God’s word. Our heart represents the soil where the sower planted the seeds.
Reflect: If a word or phrase from the Gospel captures your heart, sit quietly for several minutes,
repeating it to yourself and asking God to show you how it applies to your life.
Or reflect and possibly journal in what ways are you impatient about your growth as a Christian?
Suggested book that compliments today’s Gospel:
The Giving Tree.
Written by Shel Silverstein
Illustrated by Shel Silverstein
Copyright; Harper Collins: 35th Anniversary
Family Discussion: What does the kingdom mean to you? What would our world look like if it truly reflected Jesus’ vision for the kingdom of heaven? What object, action, or image best describes your understanding of the kingdom of heaven?