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Mark 4:1-20

The Word of God

Again Jesus began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: "Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold." And he said, "Let anyone with ears to hear listen!" When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; in order that 'they may indeed look, but not perceive, and may indeed listen, but not understand; so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.'" And he said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word, but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing. And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold."

Mark 4:1-20
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    • The prophet Jeremiah has a wonderful image: ‘Those who trust in the Lord are blessed. They are like a tree planted near water. It sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green. It is not anxious in the year of drought, and does not cease to bear fruit.’ Lord, send water to my parched roots, that I may blossom.
    • Am I a true hearer of the Word? Am I a prejudiced hearer with a shut mind, deaf to what I do not want to hear? Am I lacking depth? Do I survive only on the dried up words of a tired faith? Lord, shake me out of my complacency and deadness of spirit. Give me the grace to hunger for you and for your Word of life.
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    • If your word is like a seed, Lord, then it is an organism, with a life of its own. My part is to receive it, give it roots and depth so that it survives hardships; and protect it from the thorns of multiple cares and desires. If I allow your word some space in my life, there is no limit to the fruit it may bear.
    • The word of God can bear fruit in each of us or can have little effect; the sowing of the word like the sowing of seed may take root or be blown away. Jesus hints at four sowings in the story - with the first there is failure, then initial growth, more promising growth and in the last case, a huge harvest. Prayer introduces us to the word of God and in prayer we hope that this word may reach deep into our hearts. Prayer takes time, and by allowing God's word echo in our minds and hearts, it takes root and then bears fruit in life. Take a sentence or two from the gospel today, or even a word, and allow it be 'your word' for today. Like a bar of music, it can echo within you all day. The word of God will bear its fruit in you.
    • The human heart is like a field that can, at different times, be open or closed. The word of God comes to us as we are, with our faults and failings, our gifts and talents. We bear fruit each in our own way at our own time.
    • Sometimes the fruit is big - a hundred fold, other times less so. In prayer we offer our hearts to God and, with God's help, bear whatever fruit we can just at the moment. It is God's word that is sown in us and, even in strange ways, it is God who gives the increase.
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    • If your word is like a seed, Lord, then it is an organism, with a life of its own. My part is to receive it, give it roots and depth so that it survives hardships; and protect it from the thorns of multiple cares and desires. If I allow your word some space in my life, there is no limit to the fruit it may bear.
    • The word of God can bear fruit in each of us or can have little effect; the sowing of the word like the sowing of seed may take root or be blown away. Jesus hints at four sowings in the story - with the first there is failure, then initial growth, more promising growth and in the last case, a huge harvest. Prayer introduces us to the word of God and in prayer we hope that this word may reach deep into our hearts. Prayer takes time, and by allowing God's word echo in our minds and hearts, it takes root and then bears fruit in life. Take a sentence or two from the gospel today, or even a word, and allow it be 'your word' for today. Like a bar of music, it can echo within you all day. The word of God will bear its fruit in you.
    • The human heart is like a field that can, at different times, be open or closed. The word of God comes to us as we are, with our faults and failings, our gifts and talents. We bear fruit each in our own way at our own time.
    • Sometimes the fruit is big - a hundred fold, other times less so. In prayer we offer our hearts to God and, with God's help, bear whatever fruit we can just at the moment. It is God's word that is sown in us and, even in strange ways, it is God who gives the increase.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • If your word is like a seed, Lord, then it is an organism, with a life of its own. My part is to receive it, give it roots and depth so that it survives hardships; and protect it from the thorns of multiple cares and desires. If I allow your word some space in my life, there is no limit to the fruit it may bear.
    • The word of God can bear fruit in each of us or can have little effect; the sowing of the word like the sowing of seed may take root or be blown away. Jesus hints at four sowings in the story - with the first there is failure, then initial growth, more promising growth and in the last case, a huge harvest. Prayer introduces us to the word of God and in prayer we hope that this word may reach deep into our hearts. Prayer takes time, and by allowing God's word echo in our minds and hearts, it takes root and then bears fruit in life. Take a sentence or two from the gospel today, or even a word, and allow it be 'your word' for today. Like a bar of music, it can echo within you all day. The word of God will bear its fruit in you.
    • The human heart is like a field that can, at different times, be open or closed. The word of God comes to us as we are, with our faults and failings, our gifts and talents. We bear fruit each in our own way at our own time.
    • Sometimes the fruit is big - a hundred fold, other times less so. In prayer we offer our hearts to God and, with God's help, bear whatever fruit we can just at the moment. It is God's word that is sown in us and, even in strange ways, it is God who gives the increase.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • If your word is like a seed, Lord, then it is an organism, with a life of its own. My part is to receive it, give it roots and depth so that it survives hardships; and protect it from the thorns of multiple cares and desires. If I allow your word some space in my life, there is no limit to the fruit it may bear.
    • The word of God can bear fruit in each of us or can have little effect; the sowing of the word like the sowing of seed may take root or be blown away. Jesus hints at four sowings in the story - with the first there is failure, then initial growth, more promising growth and in the last case, a huge harvest. Prayer introduces us to the word of God and in prayer we hope that this word may reach deep into our hearts. Prayer takes time, and by allowing God's word echo in our minds and hearts, it takes root and then bears fruit in life. Take a sentence or two from the gospel today, or even a word, and allow it be 'your word' for today. Like a bar of music, it can echo within you all day. The word of God will bear its fruit in you.
    • The human heart is like a field that can, at different times, be open or closed. The word of God comes to us as we are, with our faults and failings, our gifts and talents. We bear fruit each in our own way at our own time.
    • Sometimes the fruit is big - a hundred fold, other times less so. In prayer we offer our hearts to God and, with God's help, bear whatever fruit we can just at the moment. It is God's word that is sown in us and, even in strange ways, it is God who gives the increase.