Monday 27 July 2020

About Today Readings

Jeremiah 13:1-11. You have forgotten God who gave you birth – Deuteronomy 32:18-21. Matthew 13:31-35.

‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed’

The trouble with parables is that frequently you have to change your way of thinking to make sense of them. And, sometimes, making sense of them is hard work. And then, one day, unexpectedly, the light dawns. Is there only one way to interpret a parable?

Faith, as with the mustard shrub, begins with the smallest of seeds. If it is nurtured, the seed of faith grows into something large enough to shelter others. The birds shelter in the tree, and eat, one supposes, from the tree, and therefore spread the seeds. The seeds are then sown to grow more trees. Jesus sowed the seed of faith. Who are we? Are we seeds? Trees? Birds? Are we seed sowers, like Jesus? Do we know the seeds we sow? Do we know if our faith shelters others?

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