Parable of the Sower

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2 Responses to Parable of the Sower

  1. Lee Surkin says:

    Jesus’ parable of the sower is aimed at the hearers of his word.
    • There is the prejudiced hearer who has a shut mind. Such a person is unteachable and blind to what he or she doesn’t want to hear.
    • Then there is the shallow hearer. He or she fails to think things out or think them through; they lack depth. They may initially respond with an emotional reaction; but when it wears off their mind wanders to something else.
    • Another type of hearer is the person who has many interests or cares, but who lacks the ability to hear or comprehend what is truly important. Such a person is too busy to pray or too preoccupied to study and meditate on God’s word.
    • Then there is the hearer whose mind is open. Such a person is at all times willing to listen and to learn. He or she is never too proud or too busy to learn. They listen in order to understand.
    God gives grace to those who hunger for his word that they may understand his will and have the strength to live according to it.
    So I ask what type of hearer are you, and do you hunger for God’s word?

  2. Jeff Kline says:

    I’d like to extrapolate from Gary’s phrase that often God doesn’t directly say what we should be doing; we get help knowing His will from Scripture and Church teachings. Let me suggest a recent post on the blog “Catholic Spiritual Direction” (first of two parts) that talks about God’s indicative and permissive will:

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