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Mark 4:1-20
A sower in a field with birds above.


The Parable of the Sower is really a parable about the battle for the mind.  It is about spiritual conflict: the interior battle which occurs every day in our hearts to hold on to the word of God, to enable it to take root in us and bear fruit.

It is also profoundly related to Paul’s exhortation regarding the renewal of our minds: we are transformed by changing the way that we think (see Rom 12:2).  

The problem is that this is more easily said than done.

The key is nurturing the seed of God’s word which is planted in us each each — this is the seed of God’s grace — despite all obstacles and dangers, represented by the thorns, poor soil, weeds etc . . .

Our goal is to master living life in the Spirit, and today is a wonderful, God-given opportunity to put the Parable of the Sower into practice; read the parable, study and ponder it and ask the Holy Spirit to help you hear the word, accept the word and so produce abundant fruit (see Gal 5:22-23).

Let us resolve to listen to the word of God in the Scriptures, and to pay heed to the writings of the saints and the documents of the Church.  In this way can God’s truth enrich our minds and take root in our hearts, enabling us to bear good fruit as we strive to build God’s kingdom here on earth.

Lord, help me to take your word and make it real in my life.  Let it take root and not fall on deaf ears.
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