July 16, 2017
Pentecost 6A
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

 

“And Jesus 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!” (Matthew 13:3-9)

 

As we read the parable of “The Sower and The Seed” the first question that comes to mind is usually, what kind of soil am I? Am I that good soil that is open and nurturing to the seed causing it to bear good fruit? Or am I that poorly tended garden, maybe a rocky garden, or heaven forbid that hard path? These are good questions, questions worthy of our time and reflection. And questions that we should act upon for certainly we are all called to try to become good soil. However sometimes we are so concerned about the nature of our soil that we miss the good news that is found in this story, the nature of the Sower.

 

So what about this sower? At first glance I would have to say that I find him to be lacking in both skills and common sense. He’s a farmer and he has all this valuable seed that needs to be planted so people can eat, so his family can eat. Yet he is “extremely careless” with this seed and his sowing technique. He seems to be just tossing it here and there, everywhere and anywhere. Surely he has enough talent to avoid spilling it out on a hard path, surely he knows better than to try and farm a rocky land or a land full of thorns. I’m thinking he might be the most ridiculous and surely the poorest farmer in all of Palestine.

 

And that’s the good news, God is crazy, crazy about you and me and everyone and everything. God’s love is ridiculously extravagant. And at what end does it ever stop? What will God not do to be gracious and merciful with love? God sows the seed of that love in places where there doesn’t seem to be much of a chance at all that it will take, that it will be received, that it will grow. Yet God, crazy in love, continues to scatter the seeds of that love.

 

And even in the places where we would never give God’s word a chance, God always surprises us. Even in the hardest and most impossible places God has a way of finding the cracks; the cracks in our world, the cracks in our lives, the cracks in our very hearts. And so it is the seed is sown and love blooms.

 

      1. Careless Love - Greg Ronning

 

Her careless love
She sows it everywhere
Some don’t see it
Some just don’t care
Yet she scatters it everywhere
And I wonder why?
Her careless love
Could it be mine?

 

Her careless love
Knows every grace
Even the hardest heart
Every unlikely place
Yeah she scatters it everywhere
And I wonder why?
Her careless love
Could it be mine?

 

Her careless love
A dangerous thing
Risky and unwise
Who knows what it might bring
Still she scatters it everywhere
And I wonder why?
Her careless love
Could it be mine?

 

Her careless love
Found a way inside
A crack in my heart
And now her love abides
And we scatter it everywhere
And I don’t ask why?
Her careless love
Is mine.

 

 

 

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