The Parable of the Sower Explained

“The Parable of the Sower Explained”
Matthew 13:18-23 in a tercet
Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Related post: 16 Ordinary Time Wednesday
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

“Hear then the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

Matthew 13:18-23

The Greek word translated as “hear” (akouó) in Matthew 13:23 translates the Septuagint version of the shama (hear) in Deuteronomy 6:4: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one.”

Hearing in the ear is meant to lead to obedience in the heart. The link between hearing and doing is also found in the English word “obedience,” which comes from the Latin preposition ob- (to, toward) and verb audire (to hear, listen). Wholeness of hearing involves the whole person.

The seed sown on rich soil hears the word and “understands” it, from the Greek suniémi (put together, consider, understand, perceive). Hearing, understanding, doing, and being are one in the organic fruit-bearing Body of Christ.

3 thoughts on “The Parable of the Sower Explained

  1. fdan

    Dear GMC, your reflection brings such Bountiful teachings. I praise God that as an adult I’m still learning how to be “one in the organic fruit-bearing Body of Christ.” Thank you for the inspiring words.

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