THEME: HOPELESS BEGINNINGS
The Gospel text of today combines both the parable of the seed and the allegory. The allegory gives meaning to all the elements in the story. The seed is regarded as the word of God. Though it’s true that the sower disappears from the scene after sowing, and the seed takes centre stage, however, there are three stages in this parable: beginning, middle and end.
The agricultural pattern in Palestine during Jesus’ time demanded that the sower sows seeds first by broadcasting and afterwards ploughs it into the ground. Considering this system, there existed a strong possibility of the seed encountering this three kinds of soils: rocky, thorns, path. The ploughing of the three kinds of souls all results in a loss seeming like seventy-five percent of the effort is lost. What a hopeless venture.
Nevertheless, the sower persists hoping for the twenty-five percent left that will fall on good soil. Luke here, speaks of a hundredfold harvest.
To the human eyes much of the labour seems futile and fruitless, resulting in repeated failure, but the sower is full of joyful confidence. The important thing for him is to make a beginning no matter how hopeless that beginning may seem. The message is clear here : no matter how hopeless a beginning may seem, inspite of the opposition and seeming failures, God in the end brings forth triumphant victory which he has promised.
Christ’s preaching started with a small percentage, encountered oppositions and seeming failures, and at his death, it was as if all hope was lost. And when all hope was lost, Christ rose triumphantly. This we must know, our noble ideas and plans will most times have very hopeless beginnings, encounter opposition and failures, or even death, but if we remain steadfast, the small mustard seed will definitely grow into shrub for all to take shelter under.
PRAYER: Help us, Lord, not to be discouraged by hopeless BEGINNINGS. Amen!
GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY WEEKEND!