That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”

Just then, a man in a black trench coat stepped out from behind a large oak tree near the place where the Sower was sowing, on the outskirts of a town called Pilot Grove, Missouri.

“Seed police!” said the man, flashing his badge. “Stop what you’re doing and give me those seeds.”

“Why?” asked the Sower?

“They’re patented by Monsanto. If you’ve saved them from a previous harvest and are re-sowing them, I’ll have to arrest you.”

And so it goes…