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The Parable of the Sower

Fri­day. [Rom. 16:1–16; Matt. 13:4–9] The para­ble about the sow­er depicts var­i­ous rela­tion­ships of souls to?ward the word of God. In the first group stand those who do not heed the word at all. They hear, but what is heard does not enter into their soul; it lies on its sur­face, like the seed by the way­side. The word does not fit in them because they have anoth­er way of think­ing, oth­er prin?ciples, oth­er tastes. That is why it soon dis­ap­pears from mem­o­ry, is for­got­ten as if it was not heard at all. The sec­ond group is of those who hear the word will­ing­ly and re?ceive it quick­ly, but do not want to bear any labour to ful­fil it. There?fore, they delight in the word — es?pecially its promis­es — until a sacri?fice is required. As soon as the ne?cessity aris­es to sac­ri­fice some­thing for faith­ful­ness to the word, they betray it, renounc­ing both the word and its promis­es in order to cater to their attach­ments. The third group is of those who receive the word and begin to live accord­ing to it, but then give them­selves over to many cares and sor­rows of the world, to earth­ly con­cerns, which sup­press all the good under­tak­ings which had just formed under the influ­ence of the word of God. The fourth group is of those who receive the word with full faith and resolve to live accord­ing to its require­ments, with a readi­ness for all sac­ri­fices and labour, and do not allow their heart to be tied to any­thing earth­ly. Sit and decide each of you, to which of these groups you belong.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse