Bible: Lk 8:1-8
Jesus’ Ministry and the Help of Women
8:1 Some time 1 afterward 2 he went on through towns 3 and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news 4 of the kingdom of God. 5 The 6 twelve were with him, 8:2 and also some women 7 who had been healed of evil spirits and disabilities: 8 Mary 9 (called Magdalene), from whom seven demons had gone out, 8:3 and Joanna the wife of Cuza 10 (Herod’s 11 household manager), 12 Susanna, and many others who provided for them 13 out of their own resources.
The Parable of the Sower
8:4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus 14 from one town after another, 15 he spoke to them 16 in a parable: 8:5 “A sower went out to sow 17 his seed. 18 And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled on, and the wild birds 19 devoured it. 8:6 Other seed fell on rock, 20 and when it came up, it withered because it had no moisture. 8:7 Other seed fell among the thorns, 21 and they grew up with it and choked 22 it. 8:8 But 23 other seed fell on good soil and grew, 24 and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” 25 As he said this, 26 he called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen!” 27