Scripture: Mark 4:1-20
Key verse: (9) And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”
Reflection: Our sermon series during Lent,“Disturbing Discipleship,” could certainly include the parable of the sower. Parables are meant to provoke, confront and disturb. There are some theologians like New Testament scholar, Amy Jill Levine, that suggest that we might be better off thinking less about what the parables mean and more about what they do. In her book, Short Stories by Jesus, Levine challenges us to stop with the easy lessons and engage the parables the way Jesus intended. The parable invites us to see the world in a different way and challenges our faith.
Jesus said, “let anyone with ears to hear listen!” Listening is a very important element in our relationship with God. In the Gospel listening involves hearing, understanding and assimilating the message into one’s own thinking. Then we act, if we choose. This is the freedom that comes with following Jesus.
We could spend all day on what chokes our faith or how deep are our roots. However, we can jump to the disturbing challenge of this parable, that God’s Kingdom is going ahead and there is going to be a great harvest. Are we going to be part of it?
This is the long awaited restoration of God’s people. Jesus is inviting us to be part of the Kingdom and part of kingdom living. Are you joining us?
Prayer: God, during this season of Lenten reflection continue to provoke, disturb and challenge my faith. Invite me into the way of kingdom living and loving. 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].