A dramatic presentation of the parable of the Sowed Seed
Written by Sarah Beresford
Copyright: Catholic Bible School 2014 ©
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The Sowed Seed script is Copyright © Catholic Bible School 2014
(Luke 8:5-15 - Good News Translation)
Reader: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
5 “Once there was a man who went out to sow grain. As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some of it fell on rocky ground, and when the plants sprouted, they dried up because the soil had no moisture. 7 Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up with the plants and choked them. 8 And some seeds fell in good soil; the plants grew and bore grain, one hundred grains each.”
And Jesus concluded, “Listen, then, if you have ears!”
Heckler 1: I don’t get it – what’s Jesus talking about?
Heckler 2: Yeah, is this a gardening lesson or what?
Reader: 11 “This is what the parable means: the seed is the word of God.
5 “Once there was a man who went out to sow grain. As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path,
where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it up. 12 The seeds that fell along the path stand for those who hear; but the Devil comes and takes the message away from their hearts in order to keep them from believing and being saved.
Path (Female Pupil): My gran prays all the time. She’s got crosses on the walls at her house, like they have at school and that’s not including the statues and prayer bead thingy’s she’s got. She’s always giving me cards with prayers on. I don’t know what to do with them so I shove them in a drawer, she’d be upset if I threw them away.
At my school they do prayers and mass and stuff – it’s all a bit boring really, but it’s better than being in some lessons. I usually just drift off and think about boys I fancy. (excitedly) There’s this one boy, he’s got this hair, and his smile, and one time he ACTUALLY looked at me – we’re going to get married one day I’m sure! Ooh we could do that in Church, that would be nice.
At school the teachers tell me stories about God and Jesus and sometimes talk about prayer but either I don’t understand or I just switch off.
Look, look, there he is, at the back of Chapel, he’s soooooo dreamy. (sinks down into her chair in a glazed romantic dream-like state) Music plays – “it must be love”.
Reader: 6 Some seeds fell on rocky ground, and when the plants sprouted, they dried up because the soil had no moisture.13 The seeds that fell on rocky ground stand for those who hear the message and receive it gladly. But it does not sink deep into them; they believe only for a while but when the time of testing comes, they fall away.
Rocks (A Mum, a bit posh): (on phone) 1.30 at the Coffee shop on the green, oh do bring that catalogue with you Laura, I’m dying to see the new designs, yes, yes, must dash, mwah, bye darling.
I have three absolutely darling children. Sabrina is almost 19 and off to university in September, she’s training to be a Doctor. Then there’s Sebastian, 16 years old and Captain of the Rugby Team – he’s about to have a trial for the England team. Then little Saskia, she’s just 10 and such a princess. Head Girl at her primary school and an extremely talented ballerina and gymnast.
We used to go to Church, when the children were small – it’s good for them to get a grounding in these things you know. But then it really all got a bit too much. I mean, just fitting it all in! Weekends are so precious and what with rugby practice, gymnastics class, shopping, cooking up the next Jamie Oliver masterpiece, lunch with friends, taking Saskia to Brownies, going to the gym (one musn’t under-estimate the value of developing one’s core)! – I mean, how is one supposed to manage it all? Something just had to go!
It wasn’t like it was a deliberate decision, it just sort of happened. It’s been a while now since we went to Church. But then they don’t really expect you to turn up every week do they? Do they?
We’re good people and we live good lives, do our bit for charity, we’re not hurting anyone, but I can’t remember the last time I prayed and I don’t think I’ve ever really read the Bible – we might have one somewhere, on a shelf perhaps. (wistfully) I suppose I don’t really think about God and that sort of thing anymore. (music plays “Yesterday”)
Reader: 7 Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up with the plants and choked them. 14 The seeds that fell among thorn bushes stand for those who hear; but the worries and riches and pleasures of this life crowd in and choke them, and their fruit never ripens.
Thorns (Business Man): Church! Yes, it’s very important, often there for funerals, weddings, baptisms, Christmas, Easter that sort of thing. But you shouldn’t let in interfere with life, you need to focus on the important things. You need to make money and provide. All that Church business, well they just try to make you feel bad – got the balance all wrong – life is about grabbing it with both hands and getting all the pleasures of life while you can. I’m sure Jesus said something like that!
I pray the Lord’s prayer now and then, it’s good for managing stress levels I find. Anyway got to dash, tickets to a show and then dinner. Followed by a breakfast meeting at the Ritz before we head off to Mauritius on holiday. (Music plays – “We’re all going on a summer holiday”)
Reader: 8 And some seeds fell in good soil; the plants grew and bore grain, one hundred grains each.” 15 The seeds that fell in good soil stand for those who hear the message and retain it in a good and obedient heart, and they persist until they bear fruit.
Good Soil (Male Pupil): Yeah, Church is a normal part of my life. We go every week as a family, sometimes it’s a bit dull but I meet my friends there and I like having some space and quiet to collect my thoughts and pray.
I’m involved in a group at school that visits the elderly – they don’t have many visitors apart from us, it cheers them up. I’ve got to know this one lady, Dorothy, she told me all about her amazing life, you forget sometimes that old people haven’t always been old, she always says a prayer for me, it’s kinda sweet.
I’m getting to know Jesus, he did some amazing things and is a real role model and inspiration to me but it’s hard to talk to my school friends about it as they don’t seem to understand. They know I’m a Christian but they don’t ever ask me about it – I wish they’d show a bit more interest in me and what’s important to me.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do with my life yet but I want to make a difference. I want the world to be a better place, to be more like I understand God’s kingdom to be. My prayer? My prayer is that we all learn to listen to each other, to forgive each other and love each other more. (Music plays – “I’m a believer”)