Mark 4.3-20; 26-27

"Listen! A sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil.  And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away.  Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.  Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold."  And he said, "Let anyone with ears to hear listen!"  When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables.  And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; in order that 'they may indeed look, but not perceive, and may indeed listen, but not understand; so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.'"  And he said to them, "Do you not understand this parable?  Then how will you understand all the parables?  The sower sows the word.  These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them.  And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy.  But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.  And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word, but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing.  And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold." [...] He also said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.

Reflection

Eventually we may be called to be a sower of the Word, sowing the seeds wherever we are each day.  Our guardian angel will show us how.  The manner in which we sow will vary according to the circumstances of our present condition.  But at some point we must realize that we have to liberally sow the Word, scattering it out into hearts.  The Word is likened to a seed.  Seeds are tiny.  Although they each have enormous potential they are, of themselves, in appearance tiny.  They fall and seem to be hidden.  We must unleash the power of God's Word, not as though dropping heavy rocks but as scattering little seeds.

When viewing ourselves as sower it is important to realize that we don't control the ground unto which the seed falls.  Nor do we exclude certain hearts from receiving seeds because we deem them to be hardhearted.  We don't restrict our sowing to those we deem receptive.  Not only is that contrary to Christ's command to go forth to all nations, it also sets us up as judges of others.  Nor do we ever become discouraged that often the seed is stolen by Satan, lost due to trials or hardship, or choked out by a person's worldly cares, desire for wealth or other things.  It is our job to scatter the seed without really knowing how it grows.  "The wind blows where it's chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with everyone who is born of the spirit."  (John 3.8)