July 24, 2015
The good news for today
Here is the “explanation” of the sower-parable: “But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” (Matthew 13, 23)
The genuine surprise that occurs to someone waking up as an adult is how rich you discover the world! All along you thought you were “with it,” current with pop culture, aware of politics and religious developments, friendly with nice people, but hostile to bad ones, surrounded by friends and family, and so on.
But then something happens—the seed of faith, waking up, realizing the larger world—bursts open. Like an oak from an acorn or a stalk from a kernel of corn, a new dimension starts to grow. Like falling in love. Like discovering the beauty of music. You start to See. You start to Hear. You are a changed person.
That is the fruit Jesus is talking about. The more you sense that outside world, the Creator’s creation, and the mystery of its fathomless possibilities—the more awe you feel. You become grateful, humble, joyful and peaceful. You accept the wonder, and realize the responsibility.
A hundred fold, or sixty, or thirtyfold—the seed that is planted in you becomes the Good News. You want to tell people—and realize the only telling is in the doing. You want to share this awakening—and realize that the only way is to live it. You want to sow this same seed—and realize that the ground around you is rocky, shallow—and fertile. You search—perhaps unconsciously—for other people who see what you now see, who live as you now live—to serve, to be kind, to forgive, and to grow even more.
If the Good Seed has fallen on your fertile soul, then you know what this is about. If the world is still a boring chore, it is time to open your heart to the message: Your Divine Family is all around you, and needs you. THAT is the Good News, where it starts—and goes up and out.