“He is the one who yields a harvest and produces now a hundredfold, now sixty, now thirty.”
Why the different volumes of harvest?
Surely the one who receives the seed in rich soil and who hears the word and understands it would always be at his or her best, would always yield a perfect harvest?
Nope. Maybe it’s a reminder that we who are blessed in all that has been given us, including faith, opportunity, material security, loving family and friends, even a certain amount of wisdom in discerning all this, are not perfect.
Nor is the world around us perfect. Those we hasten to judge might have received the seed as we did.
Best be careful lest we stray to the edge of the path, or trip on the patches of rock, or, more likely, stumble into the thorny patch.