The call of the prophet Jeremiah and the parable of the sower serve to comment on each other. Jeremiah is reluctant to assume the role of prophet. God assures him that it is the word of the Lord that he will be delivering. The parable of the sower (as distinct from the commentary on it later in Matthew 13) is about the sower, about the one who spreads the seed. Both Jeremiah and the Sower are commissioned to spread the word and not be concerned about results. The success of the mission is in God’s hands, God gives the growth. When we think about growing the Church or getting vocations we do not judge our success by numbers. Rather, we simply remain faithful to our mission and leave the rest to God.