When the 'Sower' story isn't so easy! Sermon from Sunday, 16 July 2017
"A confession and a challenge," was the way Fr. Greg opened the sermon from Sunday, July 16. He had noticed earlier in the week that the gospel lesson was the very famous and well-trod 'Parable of the Sower,' and he thought, in his words, "I've got this." But later in the week as he was preparing the sermon he quickly realized this is a tricky story, a deeper tale, a really downright challenging story. Just when you think you might understand one of Jesus' stories -- which the gospel authors tell us are called "parables" -- that's when you get into trouble. The Parable of the Sower might not be about becoming 'good soil' -- for how does soil become good (or bad) of its own power and might? The Parable of the Sower might be about God, and about God's extravagant goodness and graciousness and love. Indeed, all of these parables over the next several weeks of the lectionary might be only and ultimately about God. And, like the stories Jesus told, maybe we, his followers should also be only and ultimately about God -- seeking him, following him, journeying toward him, finding others along the way to walk with us, too. That, then, is the challenge: Find a person in the next several weeks, Fr. Greg said, and talk to them only and ultimately about God. Maybe that's what the world is most hungry for, after all.
Sermon from Sunday, 16 July 2017 Proper 10a