Sexagesima

Today's Reading: Luke 8:4-15

Daily Lectionary: Zechariah 10:1-11:3; 2 Timothy 3:1-17

And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.' (Luke 8:10)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Again, it has been said, that Jesus uses parables to explain theological topics in a simple way for people to understand. Except that's not what He says at all. In fact, He says He tells them to bring judgment upon the heard-hearted hearers who refuse to believe in Him! It's not that the disciples understand and others don't. The disciples asked Jesus to explain it! Rather, Jesus gives them the gift of the parable's interpretation.

The parable is simply this: The Word is scattered all over the place. Again, not like the real world. Farmers are careful with their seed. They plant it in neat and tidy rows. This farmer just throws the seed all over the place. Some of it grows. Some of it doesn't. The Holy Spirit brings some to faith. Others reject it or give it up when temptation comes along.

The parable is teaching us about Jesus, of course. He sows the Word with reckless abandon. His death on Calvary is for all people. Some will believe in it by the preaching of His death and resurrection, through the work of the Holy Spirit. Others will reject it. But He still did it for everyone.

The Word has fallen into your ears. It has been watered with your baptism. It is nourished by the sunlight of the Gospel and fed with the "Miracle Grow" of Christ's Body and Blood. And through that Word, the Spirit works in you to bring forth the fruits of faith: trusting in God and loving and serving your neighbor. That's what He gives. That's what you do, because the Sower sows His Word in you. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

O God, because You know that we dare not put our trust in anything that we do, mercifully grant that by Your power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Collect for Sexagesima)


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