Traditionally the parable of the four soils is taught as a cautionary tale, warning us not to let the cares of this world become so overwhelming that we lose our faith in God. But let’s look at this from a different perspective…
Let’s look at this from the perspective of a person who wants to see another person saved. Let us see this as a plan for helping others come to God. If the person is experiencing difficulties in life, it will be harder for them to care about eternity when their here and now appears overwhelming. It is therefore part of our responsibility to help others overcome the issues that are complicating their lives, so they have the peace of mind to be able to carefully consider the eternal as well.
This also means that we need to become the best we can be, so that we have the ability and the resources, including the time, to teach and aid others. One cannot help another out of their mess, if we are still wallowing in our own.
Mt 13: 1-23, Mk 4: 1-20, Lk 8: 4-15