Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.

7/09/2005

Sowing seed

Van Gogh's Sower
In tomorrow's Gospel reading Jesus tells the parable of a sower sowing seed. At the Center for Liturgy website the Rev. Dr. Reginald Fuller states
What we see is a tremendous harvest, despite the loss of some of the seed. The climax comes at the end and, as so often in Jesus' parables, contains an element of deliberate absurdity—a hundredfold yield is fantastic, the usual yield being in the neighborhood of seven and a half, with ten as an outside possibility. The point of the parable is miraculous success in spite of apparent frustration.
The same website also offers this prayer
Oh,
we know the
obstacles well, Lord.
We know the rocky ground and thorns,
fear, lure of riches, and pain that can go with your words,

Show us the rich soil that gives forth a hundredfold.

If it is in the listening, please open our ears.
If in understanding, open our hearts.
If it is in the desire for healing
make us want to be well.
In spite of all of our
obstacles.

Please let your Word bear
amazingly abundant fruit in our lives.

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