The author of this gospel wants us to hear both sides of this story equally and not just one. The author of this gospel doesn’t want to sugar coat it for us… Because the author sees two clear choices… we can continue living in the old ways of the world which have failed us and caused suffering time after time, we can be people of pharasaic faith… or we can choose to accept the invitation, we can choose to live in the new ways of God’s kingdom… which are life giving… which bear fruit, which spread God’s love into the world… we can choose to live life in a way that promotes life, or in a way that causes us to suffer.
There’s so much need in the world. I know that. You know it, too. But none of these things would have happened until people were filled with compassion, the same deep, heart-churning compassion Jesus felt. Nothing would have happened unless people felt empowered, like they really could do something that mattered. Nothing would have happened if they weren’t willing to take a risk. They had to believe that in God’s kingdom abundance really is possible – and that we can be part of it. We need to be part of it.
It’s not that we’re all such great soil. There’s thorns and there’s thistles, and dry rocky patches, and places that are simply worn out. But God keeps scattering that seed, scattering it everywhere, throwing it around with abandon, knowing that sooner or later, it will land in that rich spot in your life that’s so ready, that’s been ready forever. That place in your soul that is rich and fertile and deep.
And if it doesn’t grow this time? He’ll keep coming back and throw out some more.
Can you believe God is so wasteful, wasting it all on people like us?
Can you believe it?