A Parable and an Explanation

Matthew 13:1-23


Jesus left the house and sat by the sea.

When the crowds were great, He sat in a boat.

Jesus did not bore the crowd on the shore.

Public speaking for Him was not a chore.


Birds ate seeds that had fallen on the path.

Seeds on rocky ground did not have soil depth.

Seeds that fell among thorns were choked to death.

And seeds that fell on good soil brought forth grain.


The evil one snatched the seed on the path.

The seed on the rocks does not endure long.

The seed in the thorns does not yield at all.

The seed on good soil is well worth the toil.


Jesus was a master storyteller.

The parables are about God’s Kingdom.


Patrick McCaskey


Patrick McCaskey is a Vice President and Director of the Chicago Bears, Chair of Sports Faith International, and Chair of WSFI Catholic Radio 88.5, as well as poet and the author of our Sports and Faith Series. He is also a grandson of George “Papa Bear” Halas. Surprising, inspiring, and all very human, Patrick McCaskey’s Poems About the Gospel is a book for all seasons where readers can find a few words of encouragement in every poem. Poems About the Gospel is available from Sporting Chance PressAmazon and select bookstores like the Little Way in Crystal Lake.

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