” As he said these things, he cried out “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
In every word of God, there is holiness, which slowly falls, drop by drop, in our soul. It creates in us an inner transformation. Silent and unseen at first. But very quickly, it begins and becomes manifest. Every word of Christ as it enters the soul, pours plenty of light in the dark. And it slowly cleans any dirt and sin. It creates in us a new life, new beliefs, new thinking, and new interests. Now our hearts become attracted to other aspects and we see and judge everything around us differently than before. Our inner world acquires higher quality, and slowly our sanctification takes place.
The Lord then explains the different parts of the field in the parable. The soil near the road, he says, symbolizes those people who listen, but then leave the devil to come inside them and remove the divine word from their hearts. The rocky ground stands for those who accept with joy and enthusiasm the divine word; but do not have deep roots, and so when the time for temptation or persecution comes, they’re removed from the faith. And the earth with thorns denotes those who hear the word of God and begin with a willingness to walk the road of faith. They drown from the anxiousness caused by their urge towards gaining riches, and the pleasures of carnal life, and thus give no fruit. But there are hearts that resemble virtuous and fertile land. It is those people who listen and understand the Word of God and hold it tightly, and the virtues bear fruit showing patience to the temptations they encounter in the exercise of spiritual life.
From the explanation of the parable, one sees three categories of people who have no fertile ground in their souls. These three categories of people particularly dominate today. Most are indifferent about the Word of God, drowning in the problems of everyday life, having other interests, what will be on TV, what was written in the newspapers, what to buy, how to have fun… And unfortunately, many generations grow in our country non-catechists, non-operational, and indifferent. Other Christians are resigned to a religious tourism. But that isn’t enough. If our hearts are left uncultivated, they will become petrified, and will fill with thorns, and will not bear fruits.
The study of the divine word isn’t a pastime or just for theologians and priests. It is for all of us. Our Church on our altar calls to taste two foods, the spiritual food of the holy Gospel and the Sacrament of Holy Liturgy. And an interpreter asks: If you consider the contempt of the divine Mystery of Communion a sin, how do you consider the negligence of the word of God a smaller sin?
We go to Church, we hear the Holy Gospel and a sermon. We should hear it with joy and not resent it because the Divine Liturgy will take too long. Christ himself talks to us, sow in our hearts His word. “I pray” says the priest. But in other spiritual opportunities, we should partake where the Word of God is sown: in speeches, in bible study circles. We should even study the New Testament at home daily. We should crave to quench the thirst of our souls with the Divine Word. We will find time, if we want to. That’s how our hearts can be cultivated, our soul will be comforted, and we will change our lives. This will fill us with life and grace, the grace of God.
And I want to close with a speech of St. Kosmas the Aetolian, in the parable of the seeds.
The first seed that fell near the road are the Jews, who are by hell. The second seed that fell into the rock are the disrespectful who also fake their faith. The third seed that fell into the thorns are the heretics, and those with faith to the devil. The fourth seed that fell on the good earth is the faith of the pious and the Orthodox Christians, who can be saved, but how? Everyone is saved according to their deeds. If a person did good deeds, the person will go to heaven, if a person did evil deeds, the person will go to hell. Because the world is divided into four parts. The three parts are for hell and the other and only one is to heaven. This is the meaning of Christ, and whoever wants to be saved. Amen.