HEAR THEN THE PARABLE

Crossing Boulevard

with Rev. Rachel

18 HEAR THEN THE PARABLE  Matthew 13

I’m counting on you to barely try; at least when it comes to to deciphering the header. Because I would have to (a) cite the source and (b) speak to it in a fair and thorough fashion…embrace the blurry. When I realized I was doing some amateur diagramming of my own, I counted it as par for the for sermonating course. Later: Why not share it? There may be other visualites among us [Yes, I just used two non-words. One describes the preacher’s preparatory process and the other is shorthand for those who function best with information that is represented spatially and/or with images. ] About these seeds:

 

 

Fall where? Vulnerable how? Holy reconsiderations
The path The birds can swoop in and snatch it up! That same bird can drop the seed elsewhere for the sprouting. In Jesus’ day, after sowing the seed, the farmer would then plow the field again so that the soil would cover the seed.
Rocky ground Limited root development Rocks placed around a plant insulate it just like mulch; plus, the usability of removed stone
Among thorns Competition for space and nutrients Later in this same chapter of Matthew, Jesus is fixing to tell a story in which the master tells the servants to let it be, lest the wheat be uprooted along with the weeds.

 

So, either there is a row missing; or, there is room for the Spirit to get in there and scatter my boxes. Maybe the good soil is something other than the area free from pathways, rocks, and other vegetation. And maybe ‘Hear then the parable’ is Jesus’s way of storytelling us out of our categorizing and into God’s country. There, sowing to beat the band is evidently the right and good and joyful thing to do.