Sunday after Pentecost
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Closing Words Of Blessing:
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and return not but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I intend,
and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
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What Kind of Soil Are You?
based on Matthew 13:1-30, 36-43
by Rev. Karen A. Goltz
more can I say? Jesus told a parable, and then he explained what it
meant. Weíre supposed to hear the Word, understand it, not be lured
away by wealth or the cares of the world, and not fall away when
trouble or persecution comes our way on account of our faith. End of
Show of hands. How many of you are
confident in your ability to be that good soil? How many of you are
confident that you do understand the Word, arenít lured away by
other concerns, and will stand strong in your faith come what may?
Yeah, me neither.
Itís really rather an anxiety-provoking
text. Itís clear from Jesusí explanation that weíre supposed to be the
soil in this metaphor, but can soil control whether itís packed firmly
into a road, surrounded by rocks, invaded by thorns and weeds, or
pristine enough for planting? No more so than we can decide whether to
understand something or not. So if we have no more control over how we
receive the Word than soil has regarding its use or geography, what are
we supposed to do with this text?
Iím aware of two common responses: one
is to stress over what kind of soil we are, and the other is to put
ourselves in the place of the sower, rather than the soil.
Iíve done both. Looking back over my faith journey, I can point to
times when I didnít have a clue what this religion thing was all
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