7th Sunday after Pentecost
Listen! What Seed Are You?
Text: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Sunrays beam down with radiant light and calming warmth. Toes sink into the cool sand. Hardly a ripple appears on the tranquil waters. Cool breezes keep a light perspiration from becoming a heavy sweat. Peace. Serenity. Tranquility.
But not on this day. A dust cloud of sand was kicked up as people pushed and shoved and leveraged their way to the front of the crowd. This place of peace was disturbed by shouts and screams. This sandy solace was overrun by a massive mob. “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Help us! Heal us! Teach us!”
He improvised. The vessel used so often for catching fish would now be used for catching men. The boat for fishing would now be a pulpit for preaching. Jesus hopped into a boat to go a little off shore. Preaching from the boat gave Jesus some space so all could see. Preaching from the boat gave Jesus some natural amplification as his voice would carry and be louder over the water.
So he began to speak to them in parables. A parable is an earthly kind of story—something we regular people can easily understand. But it is an earthly story with a heavenly or spiritual meaning—something not everyone can understand. Jesus told his disciples that he taught in parables so that the unbeliever would become more confused. But he also taught in parables so that the believer would become more enlightened and would grow in faith.
Today we hear one of these parables. Jesus wants us to relate to the earthly story. He wants us to understand the heavenly meaning behind it. Jesus wants us to become more enlightened. He wants us to grow in faith. So, Listen! What Kind of Seed Are You? Read the rest of this entry