The “Parable of the Sower” is perhaps not Jesus’ most famous parable, or even his most colorful. But it is the first of many parables he told about the Kingdom. The parable begins with an enthusiastic and prodigal farmer who indiscriminately sows on all types of terrain or soil. Seventy-five percent of what he scatters produces nothing, but the yield of the rest is extraordinary. In the interpretation of the parable “what is sown” in its telling is finally specified as the people who hear “the word of the kingdom” preached. Of all these, only those who take the time and make the effort to understand Jesus’ teachings and live by them bear fruit – but the amount they bear is beyond their wildest imagining. There is no greater fulfillment nor nobler calling than living and working for the Lord’s concerns – the privilege of the baptized in every age.
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