Reading I: Exodus 16:1-5, 9-15
Responsorial: Psalm 78:18-19, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28
Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9
Today we begin three days of gospels about the parable of the sower. It is worth reading if you are not able to get to Mass to hear it read. Books could be written about this story but one thing strikes me right away that is worth noting; the sower sows in abundance. At that time seed would have been expensive. If you have ever been to Israel you will know that the ground is very arid and dry and seed is placed exactly where the sower wants it to be. It is not thrown. It is too valuable.
Jesus is the sower. He sows his word everywhere with complete abundance. Even the rock is given some seed. Even though he knows the rock can never bear fruit he gives it seed anyway. This is how Jesus works with people. The arid dry people are not excluded from God's benevolence, they get seed; whether or not they accept it is up to them.
See how Jesus describes the cares and worries of the world. The "sun" comes and dries the seeds up, thorns grew and choked the seeds or some had no soil at all to let the seed take root. Although we may not be mystics we can see very easily what Jesus is getting at. Let this parable ask you where you are in the patch of ground. Or are you like me and some days you are good soil and some days you are barren rock?