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The Seeds We are Called to Sow

July 12, 2020

The sower and the seed is a very familiar parable. What sort of seeds are we called to spread? So often today I see the seeds of hatred, fear, and divisiveness being sowed by so many. I believe that Jesus is calling us to sow the seeds of welcome, love, justice, mercy, and peace in a world that is in dire need of such hope.

In his book, New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton wrote about seed planting and the contemplative life. Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that comes to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the good soil of freedom, spontaneity, and love… every expression of the will of God is in some sense a “word” of God and therefore a “seed” of new life. (p. 14)

Every moment and every event plants seeds in your soul. Such seeds cannot grow anywhere except for the good soil of love. That is something which seems to be noticeably lacking today. Even the good soil of freedom which Merton mentioned has been polluted. Freedom has been weaponized by so many. If you look at racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia, they are all based on a warped principle that someone has to be out of the circle. When I look at christian nationalism (lower case is intentional) all I see is a perversion of the message of Jesus. It is all about keeping power at the expense of another person. The very ones whom Jesus calls us to serve are the ones being despised by the nationalists. Heck, with his brown skin Jesus would be kicked out of their church.

I believe that we are at a crossroads as a society. If we continue down the road we are currently on, the ending will be death and despair. Joshua asked the people of the Exodus to make a choice. Will they serve the gods of their neighbors or the Egyptians? Or will they serve the Lord. Choose this day whom you will serve… as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. We are being asked much the same question today. We are being called to choose between narcissism and love for your neighbor. In the verse immediately preceding 1 Corinthians 13, Paul said the following to the church at Corinth: But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way. (1 Corinthians 12:31)

Again, we must learn how to love selflessly. Merton reminds us that we must learn to realize that the love of God seeks us in every situation, and seeks our good. His inscrutable love seeks our awakening. (p. 15) It is long past time for us to wake up to that love and choose the more excellent way. Then we can walk as God’s children in the way the prophet Isaiah proclaimed. For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12)

  1. pynkoski2 permalink

    The “seeds” passage from NSC has been on my mind all day. Thank you.

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