by Jean-Francois Millet (circa 1865)
Gospel of Matthew 13:1-9 Reflection:
Today we have the parable of the sower. Later on Jesus explains the parable to the disciples so we shall leave that to later.
However, I always find something disturbing about the parable of the sower. It is the same as the parable of the talents, they always leave me feeling a little uncomfortable.
Perhaps there is something in the lines that I know applies to me. The reason that these parables make me uncomfortable is that I know in my heart that there is more that I could be doing to obey God, or that there are things that I am doing that I should not be doing.
That's what parables do; they speak to a part of us that is in touch with God all the time and they highlight those areas of our lives that are at odds with God's life.
So today I say nothing about the parable. I leave it to speak to your heart. The fact that this piece of scripture makes me uncomfortable is reason enough for me to ask myself, 'what is it saying to me?'
I know the answer, but I still have to ask it; that's the type of guy our God is; he keeps needling at us 'til we are ready to face the truth within ourselves.