30 January 2013

The Good Word -- 1.30.13

But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it
and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.

Mark 4:20b

The fairest and most troubling question is neither the inexplicability of the parable told by Jesus, nor the mystery of the fates of those who reject the Gospel.  Rather, the real problem for the Christian seems to be the embedded examination of conscience within this passage.  That is to say, if we have heard the word (Word!) and accepted it, where are our thirty- and sixty- and hundred-folds?

The answer is, it seems, located primarily in the law of cruciform abundance found in Christ's cross.  The over-generous outpouring of the love of God is found precisely in the moment at which God's Christ has apparently reaped the least: he is alone, naked and abandoned on the Cross.  

Thus, while it may be tragic to think about that seed fails to grow, is picked up by birds or trampled, it requires an ever deeper commitment to wish for the seed of one's life to come to Christian fruition.

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