Matthew 13:1-23 introduces a collection of Jesus’ teachings known as parables. The word parable comes from a Greek term that literally means “to throw alongside.” Jesus often taught by means of parables, using images from everyday life “alongside” the lesson as a way of illustrating or clarifying his message. Today’s reading is the parable of the sower, also known as the parable of the seeds or parable of four kinds of soil. Jesus explains the meaning of the parable and why he uses this literary device.
What is your understanding of the parable of the sower? Who is the sower? Who are the seeds? How can you be like seed “sown in the good soil” and what would you need to do to keep your seed nourished? How is being like seed “sown in the good soil” related to living a life of faith?