Scripture Notes – Sunday 12th July 2020

Dear friends, 

The parable of the sower is frequently heard and therefore quite difficult to hear in a fresh way. Perhaps this much might help.

Firstly, it is not quite certain that the parable goes back to the historical Jesus (it lacks multiple attestation). Nevertheless, the existence of a “church” interpretation suggests that by the time Mark included it in his Gospel it was already old. It is more or less certain that the explanation attached is an allegorical reading produced by a later generation.

As a result, we have two readings, both useful. The allegorical explanation invites self-examination. The original parable offers astonishing reassurance: the kingdom is unstoppable. Prophets always tell what is hard for us to hear and it may be that we need to pay attention these days to the earlier message.

1.  Sunday 12 July (15A20)
Full notes (PDF)
Gospel notes only (audio)
Gospel notes only (portable)
Gospel exploration (YouTube)

2. Online Gospel lectures (complete list)
YouTube lectures

3. Some further reading
For a much wider reading of the parable, you could try this article.

Every blessing,

Kieran O’Mahony OSA


Dr Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA
Biblical Studies Coordinator