Sermon Notes on Luke 8:5-15 from 15 October 2000
Seeds are not magical dust that bring about some magical change in the soil itself.
To some extent, we don’t even have to keep praying for more seeds, for it is not the quantity of seeds which brings about the abundant growth either, good soil brings to fruition a few seeds as well as the many.
It is not the case that the good soil gets the most seed, for in the parable Jesus tells us that SOME seed falls on the good soil, it is the same SOME that fell on the path and on the rocky soil and among the thorns. The sower is generous to all, he does not withhold the good seed from the unproductive soil, just like God gives rain and sunshine even to the wicked.
We are also struck by the fact that it is not the sower who gives the seed growth, for he merely scatters the seed. The ability for the seed to come to fruition and bring an abundant harvest lies, at least in Christ’s parable, in the soil. So it is the intimate relationship between the seed and the soil which is critical. God has marvelously adjusted the seed and the soil which receives it to work together to bring forth the abundant harvest. God has created a marvelous world in which His Word and we who receive it work together to bring forth a wonderful harvest for God.
The divine seed grows in us or remains prepared for growth, independent of our human actions. This gives each of us and the entire world great hope. No matter how bad a person appears to us, as long as that person lives, there is in him or her that seed and hope of salvation. So our parable is a parable of hope for ourselves and for the world.
And knowing that that divine seed is planted in our hearts and minds and souls, may be good reason for us to meditate on what will it take for that see to gestate in us and produce its fruit. A pregnant mother takes precious care of that seed growing in her. A mother often organizes her life around and in relationship to the child she bears. So we too should learn from the pregnant mother how to care for the seed of God in each of us.
Sometimes we think that our church is very patriarchal, and indeed all is given to us from our father. But we receive the Word of God in ourselves and in love are asked to bring forth the good fruit of God. Here, we must be like the loving mother. Indeed the Mother of God becomes for us the very image of what each of us must be to fulfill the good promises of Christ’s parables and teachings. She indeed is the one in whom the Divine Seed blossomed and brought forth the salvation of the world.