Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 8:4-15 – TWENTY-FOURTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Saturday, 22 September 2018
The parable of the seed that was sown onto all kinds of ground was a great comfort to the early Church. We all live, at times, with an unshared vision. We see things and futures that others are unable or refuse to see. It puzzles us as to why they can be so blind. Thus it was for the early Church. The Gospel of life and love which they lived and experienced did not receive universal acceptance. Some became Christians and then dropped away. Others left during persecution. All of this puzzled the early Church.
For them, Luke recounts the Lord’s parable of the seed. Its message: All we can do is our best to sow the seed widely. Where it lands and how it grows depends upon the ground. Through this parable, the Christians were assured that failure to find unanimous acceptance of the Word was not necessarily their fault but the result of factors beyond their immediate control. Even the failures of the early Church fell within God’s design.
We can control the sowing of the seed. We cannot control the growth that takes place in that mysterious chemistry between soil and seed.
Jakarta, 22 September 2018
A Christian Pilgrim