Many will reflect upon what type of “soil” they are and whether they are receptive or not to the Word of God. But what if this parable is not about our own successes and failures and birds and rocks and thorns but about the extravagance of a sower who flings seed everywhere, wastes it with holy abandon; confident that there is enough seed to go around, that there is plenty, and that when the harvest comes in at last it will fill every barn in the neighbourhood to the rafters. The focus is not on us and our shortfalls but on the generosity of our maker.
When Christians today proclaim the counter-cultural gospel of love, peace, justice, and acceptance of all God's children, we face many of the same responses our ancestors in faith encountered: persecution, indifference, hostility, closed minds, loss of place and community. And yet God works great wonders in all situations, and is astonishingly extravagant in offering grace and new life in the harshest of situations and the deepest deprivations.
The sower is remarkably free in throwing the seed on all sorts of potential "growth areas". There's no calculation or careful husbandry of the seeds in the pocket. In the face of all sorts of obstacles and dangers, the sower counts on the bountiful return of a few seeds; they imagine the plentiful harvest reaped when even a few of the seeds find fertile soil. May we today remember that our God is a generous God.