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Faith Daily | 18 September 2021

PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p581


O God,

without you we are not able to please you:

mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit

may in all things direct and rule our hearts;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.



GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 8: 4-15



4When a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: 5“A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture. 7Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. 8Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” 9Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10He said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to others I speak in parables, so that ‘looking they may not perceive, and listening they may not understand.’ 11“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12The ones on the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe only for a while and in a time of testing fall away. 14As for what fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear; but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.


GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Michelle Chapman


Parable of the Sower: Luke 8: 4-15


A large crowd was gathering after Jesus had travelled from one town and village to another, Jesus was proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. Listen to Jesus speak as he calls out “whoever has ears to hear, let them hear” to the word of God.


This parable is about four possibilities of what can happen to the seed ie the word of God and whether the words of God are lost or bring a spiritual harvest. Firstly, “the ones who hear” the word of God but the listening does not actually result in hearing and retaining. The devil uses worldly distractions to take God’s word from hearts, so belief and salvation does not happen. This is a sad outcome of hearing the word of God and not seeking growth through God’s word with help of the Holy Spirit.


Secondly, the seed lands on rocky ground and is received with joy when heard but the seed (God’s word) takes no root. Belief fails “in a time of testing” and the joy of the Lord is also lost, so very sad. Thirdly, the seed (God’s word) that falls among thorns is “choked by life’s worries” so the seed does not mature into a daily fellowship with Jesus due to fears in our earthly life. Also a sad ending instead of joy and God’s love.


Finally, we all need to strive to be the seed in good soil (scriptures, worship services, bible study, fellowship) standing with an upright heart as the word of God is embedded and spiritual growth is produced by perseverance through painful life experiences.


FINAL PRAYER: by Michelle


Lord Jesus, lead us to your words and actions and embed them in our hearts and minds each day through the Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus, lead us to put on the spiritual armour to protect ourselves against this earthly world’s distractions and evil intent. Lord Jesus, lead us to be ‘good soil’ as we listen and hear the Good News so receiving joy, contentment and the heavenly truth that keeps us refreshed and loved.

Amen.

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