January 11

Matthew 13:1-9

“Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” vs. 8

Some of the more practical minded folks among us might wonder why the sower didn’t throw all the seed on good ground. That way all the seed would produce and the crop would be multiplied. That makes sense, but misses the point. The parable isn’t about agricultural practices, it’s about the way God operates in the world. The gospel of John tells us that the Word of God is sent to the whole world. God is generous in giving and the gift of the Christ isn’t just for a few. Christ comes to all, and is in all–but not all respond in the same way. In some the word gets snatched away, or dries up, or gets choked out, and there is little evidence the Spirit has ever been there. But with some there is an explosion of light and there’s no mistaking the presence of God. We see such incredible multiplications of goodness all around, whether in teachers, or health care workers, or neighbors down the block. These people have impacts far beyond their numbers, and the momentum of their selflessness changes the world. Most of them don’t get much acclaim, but their presence is felt in every neighborhood. Why do they respond in such a way? It remains a mystery, but it likely has something to do with their nurturing. As the old saying puts it, “An apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!”

Thought for the Day: Who nurtured me in the faith?

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