Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New Evangelizers Post: Lessons of the Sower pt 3 - The Thorns

I have a new article up at

Now we are looking at the seed that falls among the thorns.  As a young child, I didn’t see much of a difference between these seeds and the ones that fell on rocks.  They both failed to produce fruit, so what was the point of talking about rocks and thorns?

It wasn’t until I was older that I understood what Jesus was getting at.  With the rocks, the seed doesn’t take root and so dies.  These are people who at first are on fire, but then their faith dies and they leave the Church.  That is a challenge, mostly, for the young.
But the lesson of the thorns challenges those who are older.  Here the seed does grow and mature.  But the thorns choke it so it produces no fruit.  

Christ said that the thorns represent the worries of this life and worldliness.  They grow up around the faith but constrain it.  As a result, it can never be life-giving. 

Unlike the ones that fall on rocks, these Christians remain in the Church but are lifeless.  They are “faith zombies,” the truly walking dead. 

You can read the entire article here.

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