Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ
according to Saint Luke 8,4-15.
When a large crowd gathered,
with people from one town after another journeying to him, he spoke in a
A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the
path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up.
Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a
hundredfold." After saying this, he called out, "Whoever has ears to hear
ought to hear."
Then his disciples asked him what the meaning of this parable might be.
He answered, "Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been
granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so
that 'they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.'
This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word of God.
Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the devil comes and takes
away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved.
Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word
with joy, but they have no root; they believe only for a time and fall away
in time of trial.
As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard,
but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and
pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit.
But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they
have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear
fruit through perseverance.