Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Johnson Joseph Thurackal CMF

The parable of the sower gives a lesson of sowing the seed. Jesus knew that there are those who refuse to listen and he also knew if he would continue to sow, some would bear fruit. The sower was optimistic and did not give in to discouragement. He kept on sowing and trusted in the seed that it would find a receptive soil and break forth into fruit one day. Every seed in it carries the power to yield a great harvest. The power of God’s word is marvellous. It works in unexpected ways and effects beyond one can imagine.

However, the Word has to brave many obstacles and hostilities on its way. Trampling, devouring, scorching and chocking are just a few of them. The Word will remain indolent until it is received in the right disposition. If anyone is open to this word, as Isaiah prophesies, will experience its fulfilment: “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it won't return to me empty. Instead, it will accomplish what I desire, and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Is 55:11).

The kingdom of God is breaking into every part of the world as the seed is sown on every type of ground.  The sowers today must keep on sowing believing that good and honest hearts will hear it, keep it and bring forth an abundant crop of fruitful and spiritual life.


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