Pondering for Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday of Proper 25 Year 1

AM Psalm 45; PM Psalm 47, 48 Ezra 5:1-17; Rev. 4:1-11; Matt. 13:1-9

“Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!’” (Matthew 13:8 – 9)

Jesus speaks of “good soil.”  He is traveling through the land of Galilee that starts in chapter 11.  This is an agricultural area and the people would understand the importance of good soil.  Just prior to this lesson, Jesus gives a sad report about the surrounding towns and cities.  However, he seems to give the rural people hope about what they should appreciate in terms of receiving and acting on the Good News.

The good soil metaphor implies a preparedness we should attain to in order to grow the fruit God is looking for.  We know that this metaphorical fruit is made manifests in acts of love, mercy, kindness, and charity.  If we cultivate our minds we can both receive and act on the teachings of Jesus. This can only happen if we strongly desire it.  If we don’t want to be nice, or friendly or welcoming, it will never happen.

So the key to having our minds become good soil is to want it. This is a personal choice.  Either we want to be loving or we don’t.  Jesus appeals to the softer side of what God has planted in us.  Jesus does not want us to have minds that, like the hard path, will not let the seeds of love germinate.  He does not want us to have a mind that gets bogged down with the clutter of life like the seed growing up in the midst thorns, perhaps like the cities he condemned, and will not let his teachings develop. If we are serious about being Christians, we need to open our minds and truly want to receive Jesus’ teachings.  We can obtain this if we really want to.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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