The Parable of the Sower
After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another,
proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him,
and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and disease:
Mary (called Magdalene) from who seven demons had come out;
Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manger of Herod's household;
Susanna; and many other. These women were helping to support
them out of their own means.
While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming
to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:
"A farmer went out to sow his seed.
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path;
it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up.
Some fell on rock, and when it came up the plants withered
because they had no moisture.
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.
Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop,
a hundred times more than was sown." When he said this,
he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
His disciples asked him what this parable meant.
He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been
given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
" 'though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.'
"This is the meaning of the parable: the seed is the word of God.
Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comesa
and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it,
but they have no root. They believe for a while,
but in the time of testing they fall away.
The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear,
but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries,
riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart,
who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
A Lamp on a Stand
"No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed.
Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.
For there is nothng hidden that will be be disclosed,
and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.
Therefore consider carefully how you listen.
Whoever has will be given more;
whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him."
Jesus' Mother and Brothers
Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him
but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd.
Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outsie,
wanting to see you"
He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word
and put it into practice."
Jesus Calms the Storm
One day Jesus said to his disciples,
"Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out.
As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake,
so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
The disciples went and woke him, saying,
"Master, Master, we're going to drown!"
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters;
the storm subsided, and all was clam.
"Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another,
"Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water,
and they obey him."
The Healing of a Demon-possessed Man
They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes,
which is across the lake from Galilee.
When Jesus stepped ashore,
he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town.
For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house,
but had lived in the tombs.
When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet,
shouting at the top of his voice,
"What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
I beg you, don't torture me!"
For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man.
Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot
and kept under guard, he had broken his chains
and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.
Jesus asked him, "What is your name?"
"Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him.
And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside.
The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission.
When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs,
and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
When those tending the pigs saw what had happened,
they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside,
and the people went out to see what had happened.
When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out,
sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
Those who had seen it told the people
how the demon-possessed man had been cured.
Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them,
because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him,
but Jesus sent him away, saying,
"Return home and tell how much God has done for you."
So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman
Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.
Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue,
came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house
because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.
As Jesus was on his ay, the crowds almost crushed him.
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding
for twelve years but no one could heal her.
She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak,
and immediately her bleeding stopped.
"Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it,
Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you."
But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me."
Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed,
came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people
she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.
Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."
While Jesus was still speaking someone came from the house of Jairus,
the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead, he said.
"Don't bother th teacher any more."
Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus,
"Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."
When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did no tlet anyone go in with him
excpet Perer, John and James, and the child's father and mother.
Meanwhile all the people were wailing and mourning for her.
"Stop wailing," Jesus said "She is not dead but asleep."
They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.
But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!"
Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up.
Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.
Her parents were astonished,
but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.