“ And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities …” (v2). Luke tells us that along with the twelve disciples, several women accompanied Jesus. These women had experienced healing and deliverance – Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Susanna – and supported Jesus and his disciples with their own money (v3). Instead of being distracted by the “cares of the world” or wealth or pleasure, these women nurtured the seed of the gospel so that it bore much fruit (v14-15).
“And some fell into good soil” (v8). The good news about Jesus is transformative and life-producing when, by faith, we arrange our lives so that it has room to grow.