"When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is being sown."
Matthew 13 : 18
Every good teacher needs to make sure that the children understand what is being taught. To this end, he/she must make their lesson interesting by their tone of voice; by using examples of the children’s everyday experiences, stories which interest them and illustrate what is being taught. This is how Jesus taught the crowds who came to him. In this passage of Scripture, Jesus calls his audience to listen.: ‘Hear then the parable … .’ (the story). Jesus describes how the farmer sowed his seed and how successful was the outcome; what actions produced the greatest success. Unless the farmer was careful to put the seed in the right soil, the harvest would fail.
What is Jesus telling us? He is calling us to follow his guidance. If we refuse, then we shall be open to all the evils which surround us. If we grow without receiving knowledge of God, we do not realise the love of God. To be so forgetful of God as the years pass, temptations lead us to a life of selfishness so that our faith withers and eventually dies. The good soil represents the life which gives us the full knowledge of God so that we live a life of loving relationship with God.. The good soil represents a life of prayer, the grace of the sacraments, the growth of love and the practice of the gifts God has given us in order to become the person he created us to be.
Lord, grant me the grace during my life to listen to your Spirit, who guides me in loving and serving you. Amen