PREPARING FOR A HARVEST
Usually, when I think about this Gospel, I ask myself about the seeds I am sowing in my own life? Are they seeds that produce fruit and food for nourishment? Or do they grow into weeds that choke off what would otherwise give life? When these seeds mature, what kind of harvest will they produce?
These are. . . good, necessary, provocative questions; but they are not my focus today. Today, I would like to talk about the soil. If the Word of God is the seed, then we become the soil – not just me or you – but WE. All of us. Individually, we have enough soil for A seed to live; but together, we have enough soil to produce an abundant harvest. And indeed this parish community is upon very, very fertile ground. Which means that we have a responsibility to plant well so that the Lord may reap an abundant harvest.
Over the past year, I have been planting seeds here and there – asking questions about what kind of parish community we want to be. By now we are all aware that our community is growing – new condo developments are getting higher all the time and more people are coming to this parish to feed on the word of God and Bread of Life. Where many parishes are getting older and slowing dying, St. Basil’s is getting younger and thriving.
This Sunday, you are given an invitation. I don’t believe in burdening you with unnecessary pressure, but I do want to raise your awareness through the invitation of the Gospel today.
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