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Parable of the Sower -- selfish living vs kingdom living

In Sunday's gospel , Jesus is telling us there are four different human reactions to hearing or reading the "word of the kingdom." Which begs the question: what is the "word of the kingdom"? The best explanation I've heard is in the way Eugene Peterson paraphrases part of chapter five of Paul's letter to the Galatians: He (Paul) starts by reminding us there are two very different kinds of life we can live on earth (or on any given day). One choice is selfish living , and the other choice is kingdom living . First the bad news: Here's Peterson's paraphrase of Paul's summary of what kind of life develops out of selfish living , of "trying to get your own way all the time" -- repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wa