Sunday’s Gospel is the story of the (incredibly bad) sower who throws seeds all over the place – on the path, on rocky ground, in the thorns, and on good soil. If you were trying to get grass to grow on your lawn, this would be like running your grass seed spreader on the sidewalk, in the gravel at the edge of the road, in the bushes by the fence, and (just for fun) actually on your lawn.
There’s a bit of build up at the start of the Gospel – there’s a large crowd, they are eager to hear what Jesus has to say, they press in so much that he gets into a boat so that everyone can see and hear him – and then Jesus decides to tell them a random story about bad farming practices. You really can’t blame the Apostles for asking why Jesus tells stories like this.
But then Jesus answers them. Not only does Jesus tell them the “why” behind the stories in general, he gives them more than they asked for – Jesus explains the meaning of the story of the sower.
This Sunday, don’t just listen to Jesus explain the meaning of the seed that falls on the path, on rocky ground, etc. Think about which one of those situations sounds most like your own life. If you're like me, you could probably use a little re-seeding.
Readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/071314.cfm