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A way to live a mission in your community
Will you be good soil to grow in what your community needs from you?

Based on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

A way to live a mission in your community based on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, 7/16/17.

The large crowd on the beach forces Jesus to get into a boat to address them.  He tells a parable [a fictional story to make a point about a moral attitude or a religious principle].  A sower sows his seed in various places.  The birds eat what falls on the path.  The seeds falling on rocky ground lacked enough soil to last.  The seed falling among thorns were choked out by them.  Seeds falling on good soil brought forth a large crop.  “Listening ears” will understand the parable.  The parable is retold to make it clear.  Those people not understanding the parable will lose its meaning.  Some people hearing the parable who have no depth will lose its meaning in hard times.  The thorns are people who are either too filled with the world’s concerns or are centered on wealth alone.  The good soil people understand the teaching and produce a big “harvest.”

A theme:  People differ in their openness to Jesus and his teaching.



#7 Justice now as well as then.

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