Reflection of the Week - 15 June 2021

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Mark 4:26-34

'The Kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters seed in his field. He sleeps at night, is up and about during the day, and all the while the seeds are sprouting and growing. Yet he does not know how it happens.’

Farming is a purposeful activity. A combination of watching and waiting, listening and learning, living with creation and responding in hope. It is an act of courage with responsibility. It comes with commitment to sustainability, as action today is reflected in potential growth in the future. It requires care for, and understanding of, the intricate connectedness of new beginnings, abundant living and, in dying, the compost of what has been, bringing life to what is about to begin. The simple act of planting initiates the complex intertwining cycle of the life.

Jesus does not use this analogy lightly. Pertinent to all listeners, even those whose garden experience is through public places, it brings to life our active calling. Sow faith-filled seeds, with hope and care. Not because we want to see the flourishing growth, which we may never see or know. Rather, because we believe every seed of loving kindness we sow, with humility and grace, will bring about just action and peaceful relationship as part of God’s realm, in this present moment and in the moments to come. An act of complex simplicity.

Source: SA Council of Churches 9/6/2021



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