What that person said is a proper reaction to a parable, and what Jesus told in the Gospel about the sower was a parable. A parable aims at triggering some questions in us. Even if at first the questions may be far away from the core of the parable they can be the beginning of a personal and spiritual journey leading to the core of what Jesus said.
My Dear Sisters and Brothers! There is nothing wrong with a path or a road providing they are in the right place. However Jesus spoke about the Word of God which he scatters like a sower scatters seeds. What do sowers expect from the seeds they sow? They expect and hope for an abundant harvest. This is the expectation and hope of our Blessed Lord too. He expects that each one of us, and our faith community, can be like rich soil where his word, his Good News, his Gospel, can become life giving word rather than a piece of literature. That’s why the Lord Jesus keeps sowing his word so abundantly that he could be called prodigal. There is a parable of the prodigal son who wasted all he received from his father. However it was the father who was prodigal. He not only gave a lot to his younger son but even after the boy had wasted it all he didn’t hesitate to welcome him back to the family and its wealth. Similarly Jesus Christ appears to be prodigal in his sowing activity. Should we be surprised? Like Father like Son. Jesus sows not only where the soil is rich but he sows where it is hard like a path and rocky and overgrown with weeds. What a waste! - our profit focused mind would say. However Jesus who speaks about a crop of thirty, sixty and hundredfold wants to evoke in us the desire to become the soil so rich that it can yield such a crop. Jesus is prepared to ‘waste’ a lot to convert us into rich soil.
Therefore he keeps sowing because only his word, his Good News, his Gospel can heal us in such a way that our hardness which shields us like the surface of a path can be cracked. He keeps sowing because only his word, his Good News, his Gospel can heal us in such a way that our patches of rock, our shallowness can be converted into deep Christian faith. He keeps sowing because only his word, his Good News, his Gospel can heal us in such a way that the thorns in us: our worries of this world and the lure of riches can be removed.
How merciful our Lord is! His word, his Good News, his Gospel which has been treasured and loved and passed on from one generation of believers onto next is still this seed which enables good and holy souls, who are like rich soil, to yield a great harvest, to fill the world with good deeds, thoughts and desires. The same word of Christ converts others, who are not ready yet, into rich soil. You can be assured that this treasure of God’s word will never run out.
I began this homily with a query of a person. It wasn’t simply to provide an answer but to encourage each of you to voice your own questions and reactions to what you hear at Mass or what comes out of your personal prayer or reading the Bible. Searching for answers and reaching out to your fellow believers to hear their insights makes you deeper in faith. The deeper you are in faith the richer soil you are.