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Sunday we began by looking at the drawings and interpretations from the kids who attend Collective Kids of the parable The Sower, the first of Jesus’ parables being discussed in our Spectrum series. After just hearing the parable, the interpretations offered by the kids were quite profound. They reflected on the idea that we need to surround ourselves with good people. The shallow soil is the easy way out and that parents help you if they give you good soil.
Again we focused on the fact that these are all interpretations, and they can be very different between people. This is the only parable that Jesus offers any sort of interpretation, but it seems to leave us wanting more. It is like he has given us an equation to solve for 'x' or whatever we are looking for. He names most of the variables described in the parable but not all. He explains that there are different types of soil such as shallow soil and good soil, but he does not offer what good soil is or how to get it.
Ben then points out that in this parable there is a very clear call to action. The call to action states, “Whoever has ears let them hear.” Which suggest that all can hear the parable, but in order to understand, it must be engaged and lived. Ben then gives his personal interpretation of the variables used in the parable. The farmer is God, the seed is the word, and the soil is our receptivity to the word. Every type of soil receives the seed, but the only evidence of understanding is the bearing of fruit.
Ben then explains that the gift is unconditional. He perceives the Eucharist as the seed within us. It is only fruitful if we tend to it and if it is received in our hearts.
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
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