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!” ~ Matthew 13:1-9
Later in this chapter, Jesus explains this parable.
But let's instead let it rest here. Let it sink in without having it explained.
What do you see?
This week, the passages have dealt with life. What life is. How you notice it.
Where it comes from. Who provides it. What they are like.
In this parable, we get a sense of just what God is like. We get a sense of what the giver of life is like.
The giver of life is like a sower who sows seeds willy-nilly all over the places.
Places where it seems like life would easily take root. And places where it seems like it wouldn't.
The giver of life simply gives. Over and over life is offered.
Sometimes it takes. Sometimes it doesn't.
But always, always, always, that gift of life is given.
Giver of life, let your seeds take root in me and flourish. Amen