We are gifted part one of the parable of the sown seeds (we have to tune in tomorrow to get the "explanation" of the parable to the disciples). But even without that explanation by Jesus of what this parable means, we have a goodly amount of ideas to chew on.
Jesus says he speaks in parables because the folks he has come to save have closed their eyes and ears to him, and therefore will "never understand" the miracle standing before them. I find this a very sad thing to contemplate, that missed opportunity to know God-taken-human-form in an up close and personal way. Jesus says their "hearts have grown dull". How very condemning that statement is!
But I wonder how many of our hearts have grown dull? How many of us have built up walls around ourselves, sure of what is right, confident in what we are doing? I think the problem with that kind of confidence is that we can become self-delusional and then not really use our eyes and ears and really see and hear. I think that is the dire warning and the good news of today's part one lesson. Stay tuned!
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