Thought for the Week

Fifth Sunday after Trinity 12th July 2020

This week’s readings: Isaiah 55:10-13; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

In this week’s Gospel, we have the familiar parable of the sower. We also hear an interpretation of the parable. Jesus tells us that the seed is the word of God’s kingdom.

But who is the sower? The one who spreads the seed – so it could be Jesus himself, as he talks to the crowds, Jesus’ disciples as they continue to spread the word after he is gone, and/or all followers of Jesus throughout the ages, including us.

Who or what is the soil? The hearts of those people who listen to the word of God’s kingdom.

The story seems to be rather negative. Lots of the seeds fail. Those that fall by the wayside maybe refer to the people who are not really listening, and don’t really take it in. The rocky ground represents those who are initially enthusiastic about what they’ve heard, but fall away at the least difficulty. The seeds that are choked by thorns, stop growing. These people are choked by the cares of the world, or distracted by materials goods.

And yet, there is a positive side to the story. The seeds sown in the good soil give a good yield. The word takes root in the hearts of some people, and they grow in faith – some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

We, as Jesus’ followers, are called to sow the seed of God’s kingdom. And, as we sow, we don’t know what sort of ground it will fall on. But that shouldn’t stop up trying. We never know how it will turn out – only God does. And some of what we sow might bring in a good yield.

Sue Burchell

Updated 9th July 2020