Faith that God’s unconditional love abundantly given as evidenced through the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, is all we need to live life through joy “… going out with Joy”.
Joyfully looking in each conscious moment for the seeds God has planted in us to spread peace, justice and hope in our world, “… led forth with peace.”
Our faith is the soil in which God has abundantly and freely scattered his seed of unconditional love, joy and peace and in any one day our faithfulness will be good soil, hard barren soil and soil chocked with weeds where no seeds of joy can grow.
The lectionary reading offer that when we live through the desires of our human bodies we present God with faith that is barren, choked with things other than God. When we live in the spirit we are good soil where God’s seeds grow and spread and the type of soil we present God in the moment is totally within our control.
The parables of the sower and the seeds are not about other people, none Christians it is about us and how we live each day. It is about both the big decisions we make and the small ones as well. What TV shows we decide to watch, the music we listen too, the clothing we purchase, the books we read, the internet sites we look at the people we pass by on the street without speaking or smiling at, how we spend our money and so on.
You are God’s representative today in the space that you occupy right now, how open is your faith, the ground God has to work with, to the seeds he needs to plant to bring peace, joy, comfort, unconditional love into this world?
Isaiah 55:10-13; Psalm 65:(1-8), 9-13; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23