The Parable of the Sower

by FLL Editorial Team

The_Sower瑪竇福音 13:1-9




Matthew 13:1-9

The Gospel of Matthew contains seven parables related to the Kingdom of Heaven. In today's Gospel, the Parable of the Sower is the first one. In Jesus' parable, the sower is obviously Himself. If the sower is human, it makes sense that he cannot control where the seed would fall on. But since the sower is Jesus, who is all-powerful, how come some seeds fall on the path, or among thorns, or in rocky soil?

If we think for a bit, we would see that this is related to human freedom. If it is His will, He could control the seed to fall only on good soil, He could even transform the entire ground to be rich in good soil. This way, the seeds will bear fruits for sure. But God would rather grant us freedom. There is no real choice without freedom. If all bear fruits out of "coercion", what good does it do?

God would like us to choose to love Him, listen to Him, and live out His commandments freely. Even thought some would ultimately reject Him, out of love, He would respect their choice.