Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Parable of the Sower

I've been reflecting on the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13 because it's the Gospel for Sunday in our newfangled, confusing, tripartite lectionary. We all know the story and how it illustrates the four different conditions of human heart or soul upon which the Word falls. 

Although the letter said
On thistles that men look not grapes to gather,
I read the story rather
How soldiers platting thorns around Christ’s Head
Grapes grew and drops of wine were shed.

Though when the sower sowed,
The wingèd fowls took part, part fell in thorn,
And never turned to corn,
Part found no root upon the flinty road—
Christ at all hazards fruit hath shewed.

From wastes of rock He brings
Food for five thousand: on the thorns He shed
Grains from His drooping Head;
And would not have that legion of winged things
Bear Him to heaven on easeful wings.

Christ, in Himself, transforms and redeems our fallen nature, turning hard, rocky, thorn-choked ground into abundant life. He invites us to share in this victory; God grant us the humility to enter into compassion and life, to repent.

Your Ancient Friend,



Anonymous said...

There is a much better Lectionary available. It the one year version in the BCP 1928, still very much available and widely used. I recommend it.

Fr. Sam+

LSP said...

I do prefer it, Sam...

Old NFO said...

Well said, albeit confusing if one doesn't know the scriptures!

LSP said...

You'll forgive me, NFO, it was a slightly opaque meditation! Still, consider: Christ takes on, confronts, reverses and redeems the three sinful states described in the parable.

It serves, then, I think, as prophecy. Of course how we take the grace is another matter again.