When he speaks to the people, Jesus uses many parables: a language comprehensible to everyone, with images drawn from nature and everyday life situations.
The first is an introduction to all the parables: that of the sower who casts his seed freely on all types of terrain. And the protagonist of this parable is really the seed, which produces fruit, more or less, depending on the land on which it falls. The first three terrains are unproductive: on the path, the seeds are eaten by birds; on the rocky ground, the buds dry quickly because they have no roots; among bushes, the seeds are choked by thorns. The fourth ground is good ground: only there, the seed takes root and bears fruit.
By Bro. Jess Caraga, BCBP Cebu South
I have been in the brotherhood for a relatively short period of time. During this span of time and up to the present, I continue to be amazed of stories of how men of character had changed from bad to better then to good. But what amazes me more are stories of men in the brotherhood who had changed from better to worst, or something like that. As I reflect on the latter stories, it dawned upon me that joining the brotherhood for the wrong reasons does not prove to be fruitful.