The Parable of the Sower and the Seed

But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.’

And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.

These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.

Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.

Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?

For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear. Mark 4:10-23

Beloved, strange, awesome, and marvelous are these words of the Saviour. These words are timeless, for the words of the Lord will never fade away. In this parable, the Saviour has demonstrated the will of all mankind. Fearful are they who hear the word and reject it! This rejection occurs wittingly and unwittingly. When lead a manner of life that focuses on the delights of this world and the enticements of the flesh, how can we possible hear the word of the Word – the divine Logos – and keep it? Behold the words of the Fathers:
 An old hesychast would say: “A person’s mind and heart cannot be cleansed when focused on the world and its affairs.  An Athonite Gerontikon
We read in the Scripture and are reminded weekly in the Divine Liturgy in the Beatitudes: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God Matthew 5:8. How can one, whose mind, heart, and soul are darkened and tangled with the cares of this world see God?
The words of the Lord endureth forever. O faithless and perverse generation, hearken to these words and arouse thyself. We who are in the Church should take particular care each day to read and consider the words of the Lord and to fulfill them and pray that the Lord may find our heart to be fertile soil, ready to accept His word.
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