Sunday Reflection: “Let those who have ears, let them hear!” It’s a well-known phrase. In the New Revised Standard Version, the language is “Let anyone with ears listen.”
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is telling the crowd the Parable of the Sower, and throughout the text, the exhortation both to listen and to hear is repeated several times.
Jesus is talking to the assembled crowd. Wouldn’t they already be listening? Wouldn’t they be hanging on every word, hoping to learn from the teacher? It’s not the only place that Jesus repeats this plea, but this passage perhaps contains the most emphasis, as he tells the story of one who sows seeds liberally, some falling on good soil where they can grow heartily, while others are immediately picked off by the birds, and still others fall on rocky ground where, even if they sprout, they will wither.
Jesus speaks in parables to help make his meaning plain, as he draws parallels between the situations of everyday life and the kingdom of God. Still, Jesus also knows that although we have ears, we often choose not to listen. It is easier to substitute our own meaning for what God is trying to tell us.
In what ways might God be trying to make something plain to you that it may be easier to overlook? In your life, in what situations are you the fertile ground for the seeds’ spread versus the rocky ground?
Rector’s Note: Praise God!!! St. Michael’s church is now open for in-person church worship. Thank you all for your presence at our service last Sunday. We also thank those who continue to follow us online.
Please note that if you a reader or prayer leader during worship, I am allowing you to bring your personal bible in the church. You can also use your electronic gadget to perform these ministries. We are all learning on how to serve God in the new normal of our church life. Again, be patient and should you have any other questions, please let me know.
The Venerable Louie Engnan, Vicar.