Among his collection of Jesus' parables, Matthew presents the Parable of the Soil first. As one of the few parables that Jesus actually explains, the meaning of this story is not difficult to comprehend. However, what it reveals about the centrality of hearing in the Kingdom of God remains revolutionary. Jesus invites all to consider the importance of His Word and respond in a way that is truly hearing. While some seed lands on the path, on the rocks, and among thorns, that which falls on the good soil bears a harvest beyond measure. May we be mindful about the soil of our soul and our receptivity to His good word.