January 27, 2016 (Wednesday)

St. Angela Merici, virgin (OptM)

Wednesday of the Third Week

2 Sm 7:4-17

Ps 89

Mk 4:1-20



1On another occasion Jesus began to teach by the sea. A very large crowd gathered around him so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down. And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land. 2And he taught them at length in parables, and in the course of his instruction he said to them, 3“Hear this! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. 6And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots. 7Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it and it produced no grain. 8And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” 9He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”

10And when he was alone, those present along with the Twelve questioned him about the parables. 11He answered them, “The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you. But to those outside everything comes in parables, 12so that/

they may look and see but not perceive,/ and hear and listen but not understand,/ in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven.”/ 13Jesus said to them,“Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of the parables? 14The sower sows the word. 15These are the ones on the path where the word is sown.As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once and takes away the word sown in them. 16And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who, when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy. 17But they have no root; they last only for a time.Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18Those sown among thorns are another sort.They are the people who hear the word, 19but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit. 20But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”


Why does Jesus teach in parables? A parable is a gure of speech in which a comparison is made between God’s Kingdom, actions or expectations, and something in this world, real or imagined. A parable is a primary medium of revelation, especially on the Kingdom of God, to challenge the reader/audience to make an existential decision and to stimulate social analysis, to expose the contradictions between the actual situation of its hearers and the law of God’s justice.

The gospel parable today may be divided into three parts: vv 3-9, the parable itself; vv 10-12, the purpose of the parable; and vv 13-20, the allegorical interpretation of the parable. e allegorical interpretation assigns meaning to every detail narrated in the parable.

Today’s parable teaches us that listening to the word of God is the rst stage for the word of God to take its e ect in our life. Jesus challenges us to listen to his word with an open mind and heart (“rich soil”) so that the Kingdom of God will be made manifest in this world.

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