24 Jan 2018: Parable of the Sower


Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Reading 1:2 SM 7:4-17; Gospel: MK 4:1-20

The parable of the Sower is probably one of the most familiar parables, reckoned with the likes of the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan. I would, however, like to assimilate its message taking cue from the first reading of the day.

God enters into a covenant with David and assures him that his throne shall be established forever – rewarding David for his fidelity both in times of fortune and misfortune, for hearing God’s word and taking it to heart. Thus God’s word in David’s life came to fruition just like the seed that fell on good soil and produced – not thirty or sixty – but hundred fold!

Not that God favoured David over the rest of Israel, but He favoured the whole of Israel. He entered into a covenant with them – “I will be your God and you will be my people…” God sowed His seed – His Word – over them all. But they rejected Him like those seeds that fell on the way which birds came and ate it up; like those seeds that fell on rocky ground and got withered in the sun, like the seeds that fell among thistles and got choked.

The people of Israel gave up on the judges through whom God reigned over ‘His chosen people’ and asked for a king in His stead. Saul, who was anointed by God to be the king of Israel, rejected His command and earned a miserable death as a consequence. Only David – like the good soil – responded to God’s word and was rewarded a hundred fold.

The readings of the day call for such a response from us all, that the Word of God may pay off thirty, sixty or hundred fold as much.

Oh, if only we could reciprocate God’s faithfulness to us and His word will come to its fruition many times more than we could possibly imagine!!

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