It’s a good thing the disciples asked Jesus to explain this parable because now we have his explanation to help us when we, like them, cannot seem to get it. Reflecting with it, I notice I have in myself all the different kinds of places the seed (God’s Word) lands: rocky, thorny and even fertile. I can imagine what it was like for the seed among the thorns; I know the choking feeling of so much to be anxious about, so many needs and cares, pleasures and comforts. How can we not be overwhelmed and choked by them?
They will grab us by the throat till we can’t breathe the fresh air of the Spirit, can’t swallow the nourishment of Christ. I don’t think Jesus is blaming us for this—it’s the world we live in—so much as warning us to pay attention. How? We can start by taking time for prayer, silence and stillness.
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