Hearing Aid – Good News for September 18

18 09 2010

Luke 8:4-15

When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable.

“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold.”

After saying this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”

Then his disciples asked him what the meaning of this parable might be. He answered, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.

“This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word of God. Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved. Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe only for a time and fall away in time of temptation. As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit. But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.”

The Daily Path: Lately, I have given great thought to those walking along side us in the faith community who hear the Good News but are having trouble Listening. Like them, I have trouble living the Word of God 24/7. I like to think that some of the time I am able to follow Christ’s teaching, yet succumb to lapses where I, too, become choked by anxieties and yearnings for a better material life. Pursuing the ME life is like driving a truck along a narrow Afghan mountain road that falls steeply away on either side. If you lose focus for more than an instant, truck and cargo will go crashing down into the valleys and canyons below.

Through the Good News, Jesus shows us the safe path to God. It’s not an easy journey. Often it’s like that Afghan mountain pass. If we LISTEN to the Gospel… not just hear, but truly listen and follow these teachings, we can safely navigate the journey home.

My dear friends and fellow travelers, embrace the lessons of love and forgiveness we find throughout the Gospel. Fight the urge to lash out when your Me life is threatened. If we as followers who call ourselves children of God are attacking those within our faith community, how then can we hope to reach our desired home?

The Gospel is a living word, not some antiquity who’s relevancy passed thousands of years ago. It is today as it was when first spoken: Your road map home. Plug in your hearing aids. LISTEN to the parables and live. Presume innocence. Stop the attacks on each other. Resist the ME. Embrace those you feel challenge the ME and become stronger in living more fully as WE.

Sorry if I sound so preachy this morning. Pray that we both may improve our listening and in doing so truly hear the Word of God.

Thanks for spending a moment here today.