Daily Bread..

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 13:1-23.

That same day Jesus left the house and sat down by the lakeside. As many people
gathered around him, he got in a boat. There he sat while the whole crowd stood on the
shore, and he spoke to them in parables about many things. Jesus said, “The sower
went out to sow and, as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path and the birds came
and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground where there was little soil, and the
seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was not deep. But as soon the sun rose the
plants were scorched and withered because they had no roots. Again other seeds fell
among thistles; and the thistles grew and choked the plants. Still other seeds fell on
good soil and produced a crop; some produced a hundredfold, others sixty and others
thirty. If you have ears, then hear!”
Then his disciples came to him with the question, “Why do you speak to them in
parables?” Jesus answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the
kingdom of heaven, but not to these people. For the one who has, will be given more
and he will have in abundance. But the one who does not have will be deprived of
even what he has. That is why I speak to them in parables, because they look and do
not see; they hear, but they do not listen or understand. In them the words of the
prophet Isaiah are fulfilled: Much as you hear, you do not understand; much as you
see, you do not perceive. For the heart of this people has grown dull. Their ears hardly
hear and their eyes dare not see. If they were to see with their eyes, hear with their ears
and understand with their heart, they would turn back and I would heal them. But
blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears, because they hear. For I tell you
that many prophets and upright people would have longed to see the things you see,
but they did not, and to hear the things you hear, but they did not hear it.
Now listen to the parable of the sower. When a person hears the message of the
Kingdom but without taking it to himself, the devil comes and snatches away what
was sown in his heart. This is the seed that fell along the footpath. The seed that fell on
rocky ground stands for the one who hears the word and accepts it at once with joy.
But this fickle and has no roots. No sooner is he harassed or persecuted because of the
word, than he gives up. The seed that fell among the thistles is the one who hears the
word, but then the worries of this life and the love of money choke the word, and it
does not bear fruit. As for the seed that fell on good soil it is the one who hears the
word and understands it; this bears fruit and produces a hundred, or sixty, or thirty
times more.”

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