We are going to listen to the whole chapter 13 of Mathew on15th, 16th, and 17th Sundays in Ordinary Time. In this chapter, Jesus used parables to speak of the Kingdom of God.
“A parable is a story in which something familiar explains something unfamiliar.” In the chapter 13, Jesus used parables to speak of the Kingdom of God with two following reasons, (1) human reason, and (2) divine reason. The challenge for the children of God is to see the mixture of good and bad, true and false co-existing in the world.
The challenge for the children of God is to see the mixture of good and bad, true and false co-existing in the world.
First, Jesus understood that human heart was closed because of worldly concerns, “Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive” (Isa 6:9). Therefore, Jesus used parables to make human heart excited and encouraged them to learn and to grow in holiness especially for those who are eager to know the truth, to know the mystery of God and His Kingdom.
Second, with a divine reason, Jesus fulfilled the prophecy, “I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old” (Ps 78:2). The mystery and the truth in the Old Testament were only found in Christ who came to accomplish the covenant that God had made with Abraham. Thus, Mathew 13 revealed the Kingdom of God that all Israelites were expecting since Abraham.
On 14th Sunday, we are going to listen to the parable of the sower. Christ is the sower, and the seed is the Word of God. This parable is like the Kingdom of God that begins in Christ who is the Word. The Word of God is sowed in the world, but it faces up to Satan’s power. As a result, Jesus warns his disciples that the children of God will find difficult in receiving and living the Word of God in this world. The challenge for the children of God is to see the mixture of good and bad, true and false co-existing in the world. We have many opportunities to receive the Word of God, but because of Satan’s deception, our soul (field) can be turned in to “path, rocky ground, and thorn.” We fail to bear fruit and to grow in holiness because we are easily deceived by so many worldly concerns, such as money, fame, security, future, etc. We die because “the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits” (James 1:11). In other words, we are not “good soil” because we allow so many “rocks, inter-paths, and thorns” be present in our “soil,” therefore we cannot grow up in holiness, peace, and joy.
Lord, help us to see the reality of ourselves, ones who are weak and sinful. We need your graces to give our concerns, worries to you, so that we can open to receive your Word, and the Word will bear fruit in our lives.
 Wiersbe, W. W. (1997). Wiersbe’s expository outlines on the New Testament (51). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.