Jesus, leaves the 'house' church, where those who have already given their hearts to Him are gathered, and goes to the Sea. He is looking for more fish, and they arrive in a great school. So Jesus, the fisher of people, sits and teaches in a boat.
It is said that there are two kinds of people. Those who like to divide people into two types and those who don't! Lol. And that there are two kinds of teachers. One who loves the subject, and one who loves the student. Jesus loves people, so he entrusts them with the Parables, which are always a little strange and a little disconcerting and hugely challenging.
In today's gospel, a sower scatters seed in an outrageous way, yet yields a fabulous harvest. The listener is tipped off that they are on a spiritual quest with this one. Some get it, and some don't. Some want to get it, and some don't. But Jesus speaks in Parables so that the story can give God a chance to work in their hearts and bring them to understand the 'secret' of the kingdom of heaven.
He explains it like this: The seed is always sown by a lunatic farmer.
The evil one might steal it away
It may be received with joy and then squandered.
It might not stand up to competition from other seeds.
Yet, when the word and the soil marry the result is beauty beyond imagination.
Jesus speaks of four people. But it is better to think of one person with four options!
The parable invites the beloved to grow in Spiritual Wisdom, so getting it is always the work of the Holy Spirit. This is why Jesus is a Teacher who loves the listener. He introduces them to the presence of God in their own hearts and then watches in joy as the seed begins to grow.
So if we were to ask Jesus what is God like? He would say,
"Why, God is like,
A person who loves too much
An ointment that costs too much, and is poured too much
A seventy times seven God who forgives too much
Like a seed that grows too much
And yields thirty, sixty, a hundred fold".