Scripture: Matthew 13:18-23
Key verses: (15-16) 15 “For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; so that they might not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and understand with their heart and turn— and I would heal them.’ 16But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.”
Reflection: This materialistic and consumer-driven culture chokes life out of us so much that it is almost impossible for God’s Word to bear much fruit through us. This parable can give us more realistic vision of the contexts, or soils, in which we try to live our lives in faith.
It is not easy to be a person of faith. The struggle sometimes is so intense that our hearts grow dull to good news. This parable gives us hope. With God’s help, we can survive, grow and produce faithfully.
How do we respond to the Word of God? What is our role as a steward of God’s word? We have to take an honest look at how we respond to it in every corner of our lives. Jesus not only taught us about stewardship but he was the example of how to live a faithful life. He cared for all of God’s children. Reaching out to those on the fringes of society—the poor, the sick, the women and those that were lost—Jesus responded. Jesus was a good steward of the God-given gifts of teaching, preaching and healing. He pointed others to the kingdom of God, lifting up the mystery of God. Open your eyes and see the kingdom of God all around, with clear vision, hearts that are alive and hands ready to serve.
Prayer: Holy God, out of love you call me to live and love with a depth that seems beyond my comfort and sometimes my ability. Fill my heart with your love and a passion to allow your Holy Word to be my guide. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].