Matthew 13:2b-9 “Listen! A sower went out to sow.4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil.6But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9Let anyone with ears listen!”
Every interpreter I have ever read tells us this scripture is about the ground. It’s about us being good or bad ground for the word of God. So what if, just what if, we have it upside down. I’m not saying we do, this is a “what if,” looki
Could we please take a time out from the opening ceremonies of the First-Ever Post-Terrorist-Attack Victim-Blaming Olympics in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre? Good … I think we’ll all feel better … especially if we use the breathing space to take a healthy swig of Gatorade, to recover our sense of rationality, and to recalibrate our moral compasses.
Both latter qualities have been in dismayingly short supply lately – and, most dismayingly of all, among people who would describe themselves with various terms like “progressive,” “liberal,” and “left-wing.” Let’s remember in particular who the victims were and who the perpetrators were: (1) the victims were the 12 people working for Charlie Hebdo -- plus another 4 to 6 bystanders -- who were exercising their rights, under French law,
“And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:10b
In the last weeks God’s creation has seemed anything but good. Terrorist attacks, ambushing of police, and police shootings of unarmed young men continue to rent the very fabric of our society. Yet God did not create an evil world, in fact God proclaims this world a good world where everyone, and I mean everyone, has what they need to live and be the person they are meant to be. It is our choice’s, not God’s, that have created a world that is unsafe.
Spending time in silent contemplation with a focus on what we could have been, and still could be, seemed the only way for me to center myself and see the world as good. So today I offer as our prayer of the week another Visio Divina using the above painting of the Garden of Eden by Jan Brueg