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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Wednesday 3rd in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 4,1-20): Jesus began to teach by the lake (…). He taught them many things through stories or parables. In his teaching he said, «Listen! The sower went out to sow. As he sowed, some of the seed fell along a path and the birds came and ate it up. Some of the seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil; it sprang up immediately because it had no depth; but when the sun rose and burned it, it withered because it had no roots. Other seed fell among thorn bushes and the thorns grew and choked it, so it didn't produce any grain. But some seed fell on good soil, grew and increased and yielded grain (…)».

Parable of the Sower: an “autobiographical” passage of Jesus

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, Jesus recounts to the crowd the well-known Parable of the Sower. In a certain way it is an “autobiographical” passage, for it reflects the very experience of Jesus, of his preaching. He identifies himself with the sower who scatters the good seed of the Word of God and notes the different effects it obtains, in accordance with the way in which people hear the proclamation.

With the purpose of speaking about the salvation, the experience which happens anew every year in the farming world is evoked here: a sowing that is followed by tears, as you throw away what could still be made into bread, risking a wait full of uncertainty. The farmer works, he prepares the soil, he scatters the seed but he doesn’t know where the seed is going to fall, if the birds will eat it, if will take root, if it will grow and become a stalk…

-To scatter the seed is an act of faith and hope: year after year the farmer repeats the same action and scatters the seed. This procedure was familiar to Jesus and He talked to his followers about it.