Sowers of Seeds
“A sower went out to sow some seeds…” (Mt 13:3b) So starts a section of parables in Matthew’s Gospel. Jesus was a genius at telling these stories which made various points and which often had twists or surprises that captivated His audience.
The ‘Sower’ parable is among the most famous. The usual interpretation is that God sows seeds on the hard, rocky, thorny or good soil in our hearts. In spite of everything, there is a 30, 60, or 100 fold return. (Such a return was a twist because farmers of Jesus’ day were used to a ‘good’ return of only 4 or 5 fold.) So the crowd was entertained, but they were also left thinking and talking about what Jesus meant.
But this parable can also be about us as sowers. Don’t parents and grandparents try to sow good seeds in their children and grandchildren? Name a few seeds you’ve tried to sow. Can you see how some of them are bearing fruit?
Think about people who sowed particular seeds in you when you were young. Who sowed which seeds in you that are producing a good harvest now?