Matthew 13:1-9 Listen! A sower went out to sow…

Matthew 13:1-9

1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6 But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 Let anyone with ears listen!”

  • Light a candle remembering Christ’s presence with you.
  • In a Lectio Divina-style, read the parable through three times.
  • On the first reading, notice what word or phrase catches your attention.
  • Spend 3-5 minutes in silence focusing on that word or phrase.
  • On the second reading, notice what message God has for you.
  • Spend 3-5 minutes in silence focusing on the message, word, or phrase.
  • On the third reading, notice if there is a call to action for you in God’s message.
  • Spend 3-5 minutes in silence savoring what you have received.
  • Give thanks to God for your time in prayer and anything new you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 10 2011,  Year A
Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
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Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

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