The Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:4-8)

The Parable of the Sower

4 When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to him, he spoke in a parable.

5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up.

6 Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture.

7 Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it.

8 And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold.” After saying this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”

Does this parable seem a bit opaque or difficult to understand?  Well, there’s good news (if you don’t already know it).  Jesus will explain the meaning of this parable in the pericope after next.  So I won’t offer a reflection here.

However, this and the next three pericopes are parables or about parables.  If you have the chance, I think it might be worthwhile to try to read and pray about all four.

Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition© 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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