Listen — July 16, 2017

“Listen”   Matthew 13:1-9;18-23

CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)   Public Domain Dedication / “Listening Ear” by  Vera Kratochvil

Psalm 65:1-8 (RSV)

Thanksgiving for Earth’s Bounty

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.

65 Praise is due to thee,
    O God, in Zion;
and to thee shall vows be performed,
    O thou who hearest prayer!
To thee shall all flesh come
    on account of sins.
When our transgressions prevail over us,[a]
    thou dost forgive them.
Blessed is he whom thou dost choose and bring near,
    to dwell in thy courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house,
    thy holy temple!

By dread deeds thou dost answer us with deliverance,
    O God of our salvation,
who art the hope of all the ends of the earth,
    and of the farthest seas;
who by thy strength hast established the mountains,
    being girded with might;
who dost still the roaring of the seas,
    the roaring of their waves,
    the tumult of the peoples;
so that those who dwell at earth’s farthest bounds
    are afraid at thy signs;
thou makest the outgoings of the morning and the evening
    to shout for joy.

Matthew 13:1-9 ; 18-23(RSV)

The Parable of the Sower

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away. Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears,[a] let him hear.”

The Parable of the Sower Explained

18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.[a] 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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