Churches-Temples

We Are the Temples of God

Paul J. Dejillas, PH.D. - December 14, 2021

 

The Parable of the Sower and the Seed is found in Matthew 13:1–23, Mark 4:1–20, Luke 8:4–15 and the extra-canonical Gospel of Thomas, where Jesus tells of a farmer who sows seed indiscriminately. It is an allegory. It has hidden messages whose meanings are usually interpreted, in many ancient scriptures, by the elders, prophets, prophetess, magicians, oracles, or anybody known to be the messengers of their God, gods, goddesses, or idols.

 

We are told in Christian beliefs that the Parable of the Sower is about the Kingdom of God. The man represents God and the seed its message. The man also symbolizes each one of us since the Kingdom of God is within us. The seeds are the messages given to us. Just as the planted seeds start to grow, the word of God starts to deepen and grow within us. Some seeds fall on the ground and the ground could also be us.

 

Our soil could be rocky, a ground with little soil. Our soil could be full of thorns and weeds, unattended by the sower or gardener who is also us. Worse, our ground has no soil at all for the seeds to grow. Finally, our soil could be good and fertile. 

 

Whichever of the four types of soil we are, Satan is ever ready to snatch away and eat the growing seeds in us. The devil is like a thief in the night coming, as it always will, any moment of the day and night when we are not vigilant and most unalert. 

 

Yes, the seeds are hidden messages and information given to us in dreams or symbols, ideas, or events by our Creator that still need to be decoded. Today, our interpreters could be a priest, priestess, pastor, deaconess, a prophet, prophetess, psychologists, occultists, mediums, or anybody today claiming to be a messenger of God. Though full of imperfections, they are all instruments of God's messages. 

 

I say that the Parable of the Sower and the Seed is the most important parable, even more than the Sermon on the Mount. For how can we fulfill those teachings unveiled on the mount when the seeds in us are rotten, with Satan instead sitting on the throne within us.

 

We determine the failure or success of Christ as the Messenger of his Father in heaven. We determine whether or not we allow the light of the Holy Spirit to enter and dispel the darkness within us.

 

Our ability to till our garden will determine whether the Parable of the Sower and the Seed will be productive or not for us and for the entire humanity. Our proper understanding of the meaning of its messages will determine whether we are worthy of heaven, hell, or purgatory.