Our gospel reading this morning is a very familiar parable. Jesus using an agrarian parable for the kingdom. Jesus using the language of the people. Even more than this Jesus is using the format of the Old Testament. As 2 Sam.12:1-4, and Ezek 1`7:2-21, and in the Greek world Aesop’s fables.
I was thinking how I could tell a modern fable. Do I use Facebook, TicTok, messaging, as in so and so post a saying and out of it grows a blessing of a thousand-fold? Or would it come under fire from a hate group. Would I be sorry I even put such an idea out in cyber space?
Jesus says that what is sown among thorns, is the one who hears the word, but cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. Very often I have felt the lure of the me. The me that forgets community, and the common good.
Jesus reminds us of the kingdom in words of the law. “This is the first commandment to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your soul. The second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandant’s hags all the law and the prophets.(Matth:22-37,38,39,40)
Jesus cuts to the core of all of our relationships. If in any of our thinking the most important is me, then we have missed the meaning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the me turning to the community in love and caring. Jesus is calling us to think of every human as a child of God, a beloved. No exceptions! No, me over them, no rights more than they, no less love, just the love of Christ lived out every day in all that we do. Holding the common good in the forefront of our lives. Holding on to Jesus in love.
Stay safe and watch out for each other.