On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:"A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear." Matthew 13:1-9
Since Jesus is the sower of seed, what soil are we then. His parable today gives us an idea of how we live and how we develop in faith.
The Word of God is the seed, some of us do not even hear it, when it is sprinkled around. Such as when bits and pieces are written for encouragement. We see every now and then quotes to send us on our way. But many times they go unheeded and unnoticed.
We have come to those that see and hear the Word, it touches the heart, but soon dissipates. It's like getting wet in the rain, but then we soon dry off and forget that we were once wet.
Then we have those who hear the Word of God, know how to live it, but are passive and easily swayed. They hear but do not follow. The world is their word to live by. They live among the thorns that choke out the Word. They let people choke out the Word of God in their lives.
Now we come to those who hear the Word of God and live it. They proclaim his Word, they follow faithfully, they produce fruit for the Kingdom of God. They are happy to know God and live his Word.
Which soil are we? That the Word of God will take root in and produce everlasting fruit. Since Jesus is the sower and he sends out the seeds of love, are we going to nourish this seed so it will come to be a full blossomed tree. Or do we want to be a withered, dying tree, with no fruit at all.