Beads of Joy 01-27-10
He Went Out Sowing Seed
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Another exciting parable has been shared today, what an extremely joyful experience it always is in studying the parables Jesus shares with us. Today we are reading Mark 4:1-20 (The Parable of The Sower). Such brilliance and insight have been put in the most simplest of terms for all of us to understand. In this scripture Jesus also explains the true meaning of the parable. Usually we can interpret a parable and come up with a variety of very acceptable ways to understand what Jesus is telling us, but in this one, He fully explains to us exactly what He is talking about in His teaching. That is so exciting; Jesus teaches us, explains His teaching to us and we embrace the parable and move boldly forward in our walk with Him.
In this particular parable Jesus is speaking directly to the hearers of the word; while Jesus Himself is the Sower of the Word. Seeds and roots and plants why does Jesus use such imagery? A plant needs good, rich soil in order for the seed to grow with the best nutrients. And the key is in the roots. A tree needs its roots to be dug down deep into rich soil. Another aspect of these images is that if a tree isn't rooted well enough it dies. And if its nutrients don't flow up through the roots the leaves will die and the tree will not produce good fruit. There is so much wisdom in using this type of imagery. In this parable Jesus is the sower of the seeds, and we embrace those seeds into our lives. Where they fall will determine the outcome of them in us.
Let's look at a recommended scripture reflection in this study, "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." Jeremiah 17:7-8. Very well explained parallel to today's reading. How else does a tree get the necessary nutrients and water in order to stay alive and be healthy. It is through God's grace that we are given the strength to live the way Jesus wants us to. It is in God's word that we learn and grow deeply in love with Him. I can't stress it enough, how important it is for you to spend time in His word everyday.
In our busy, non-stop lives of instant gratification do we hunger God's word? Do we seek out His words, and His wisdom? We to must become sowers of the word, sharing and planting seeds of love everywhere we go. We need to understand that there is purpose in all these parables and Jesus explains it fully in Matthew 13:10-17, "Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which says: `You shall indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive. For this people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.' But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it."
Embrace Jesus in His Word, learn all you can from Him. Then share that joy with others.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO