Scripture:Jesus said to those who were around him along with the twelve, “And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” (Mark 4:10, 20)
Reflection: Once a person is called, he or she must hear the word of God. As the Markan Jesus puts it, Let anyone with ears to hear, listen! After telling the parable of the sower, Jesus interprets it, explaining that the sower “sows the word,” and those who hear the word produce amazingly. In fact, the kingdom of God grows day by day in the lives of those who hear, according to the Markan Jesus.
There is an aspect of trust that is involved in hearing. Just like no one knows how seed scattered on the ground begins to sprout, then grows into a stalk, then produces full grain, so, too, no one knows exactly how hearing the word of God produces the fruit of the kingdom. All this is God’s doing, and God is worthy of trust. It may not be in the hearer’s time and the harvest is ripe and ready, but it will be in God’s doing, and God is worthy of trust. It may not be in the hearer’s time that the harvest is ripe and ready, but it will be in God’s time.
Impatience keeps people from hearing and trusting God. The instantaneous culture in which most people live cannot wait for the harvest. People want results now. A profit has to be made now. One must be gratified with popcorn and soda now. The traffic needs to move now. All this instant gratification breeds impatience and the inability to wait, like a seed waits in the soil. Once a person hears the word of God, he or she must wait patiently as his or her trust grows, gradually sprouting, then producing the fruit that God wants for the harvest. A spirituality of mission begins with a call, but it is quickly followed by intense hearing and trusting.
Journal/Meditation:What word of God have you heard recently? What trust did you place in that word? In time, what did that word produce in you?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, eternal word of God, help me to listen to God’s word and to grow in the grace of God’s good soil so that I may bear the fruit of God’s kingdom, where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.