Sunday’s Scripture ~ Matthew 13:1-8, 18-23
I took Algebra in the 9th grade. I was excited – I excelled at solving for X. One beautiful day my Algebra teacher said we were going to start working on parabolas.
She said “parabolas.” I heard “parables.” I thought, “Yes! Solving for X in a word problem that has a lesson to teach me!”
Oh those parabolas taught me lessons all right…but not the lessons I anticipated.
(Have I mentioned that math is hard?)
This Sunday the Tuskawilla Family will begin a sermon series for the Season of Easter through Pentecost Sunday where we will study the Kingdom of God parables in Matthew 13. Each of these parables will provide us with a different glimpse of what life is like in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus’ disciples asked him why he taught in parables. Jesus answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given…’For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; so that they might not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and understand with their heart and turn – and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear” (Mt 13:11, 15-16). The people – our people – us – we have turned off our senses from God. Our receptors to encounter and acknowledge God’s presence have become dull, possibly even numb. And so Jesus tells these stories in order that our senses may come alive again in him.
I love the idea that through experiencing these parables – with our seeing, hearing, and feeling – Jesus will heal us. Jesus will draw us closer to himself. Jesus will draw us closer to our preferred future – our home with him in the Kingdom.
It is fitting that we begin our study of Jesus’ Kingdom of God parables with the Parable of the Soils. In it we are invited to examine our own hearts – the soil ripe for sowing and reaping in our lives. Join us at 8:30 for Morningsong or 11 for Traditional Worship as we reflect upon and refine the ground of our souls where God’s truths can flourish and grow.
Prayer: “Lo! Jesus meets thee, risen from the tomb; lovingly he greets thee, scatters fear and gloom. Let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing, for our Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting. Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son; endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.”* Amen.
*”Thine Be the Glory,” The United Methodist Hymnal308.