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Reflection on the Parable of the Sower

Updated: Feb 1, 2022

In the Parable of the Sower, we often see Jesus as the sower of the seed and our souls as the various soils. Indeed, at any given moment, our souls can be fertile, rocky or thorny. We, therefore, always need to cooperate with the Holy Spirit so to be receptive to God’s Word in our life.

Yet, when explaining the parable, Jesus does not say he is the sower. What if we are the sowers of the seed? After all, has God not called us to work in His vineyard? Well, then, we better get sowing!

Notice how the sower in this parable sows the seed liberally? He does not test the soil first. He just goes about sowing the seed wherever he goes.

We must be like that sower, going around sharing the Gospel with all those around us – family, friends, coworkers, the grocery store clerk. Our concern is not whether their hearts are ready to receive the message. The Holy Spirit prepares the soil; we are only to sow the seed.

Our world today is in desperate need of Good News. You are the bearer of that Good News. Share it!

Moreover, you may be the only Gospel some people read. Show them, then, God’s love and goodness. People yearn (whether they realize it or not) for God’s grace. Sow the seed and let the Spirit enable the growth.

Let us pray - Lord Jesus, thank you for choosing us to work in your vineyard. Help us to share Your Gospel with those around us and then trust the Holy Spirit to provide the growth. Amen.

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