Bearing fruit

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Mt 13:1-9, 18-23*

1 That same day Jesus left the house and went to the lakeside, where he sat down to teach.

2 The crowd that gathered round him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it, while the crowd stood on the shore.

3 He used parables to tell them many things. “Once there was a man who went out to sow corn.

4 As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

5 Some of it fell on rocky ground, where there was little soil. The seeds soon sprouted, because the soil wasn’t deep.

6 But when the sun came up, it burnt the young plants; and because the roots had not grown deep enough, the plants soon dried up.

7 Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up and choked the plants.

8 But some seeds fell on good soil, and the plants produced corn; some produced a hundred grains, others sixty, and others thirty.”

9 And Jesus concluded, “Listen, then, if you have ears!

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