I'm always intrigued with the parables Jesus taught and how their meaning plays out. The parable of the sower is one that has us think about the condition of the soil of our heart and how it may accept the seed of the Word of God.
Have our difficult experiences hardened us so much that the seed has no chance to germinate? Or maybe we only have a little space, an area of shallow soil among the rocks, to hear what we like to hear, but when trouble comes we lose heart because the seed has not been able to take root. It could also be that the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of riches choke out the seed in the same way thorns take over a garden. I think we can relate to all of these.