“Jesus said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of the parables? The sower sows the word.”
Words from our gospel today, according to Mark.
God has many great attributes.
God is faithful.
God is loving.
God is attentive.
But we rarely hear that God is efficient.
And there’s good reason for that.
Anyone who battles their fruit-bearing trees can relate to this parable. Maple helicopters, Oak acorns, Sweet gum spiked balls, Cottonwood.
There’s certain times each year when a single tree can dump thousands of these seeds on our lawns, flowerbeds, gutters, pools.
How many of them have a chance to grow up to be like the tree that bore them?
It doesn’t matter to the tree. The tree bears fruit, sows its seed and dumps it lavishly on the world.
The same is true with God.
God pours his word and his grace out on the world near and far, in the best conditions and the worst, over and over.
Season after season.
Day after day.
Moment after moment.
Just in case…
There is no place his word can’t reach.
There’s no need for God to be efficient.
He doesn’t need to be stingy.
He doesn’t need to be economic.
There is always more than enough seed.
Because his word is infinite.
His word is eternal.
And some seeds take root.
They grow up.
They bear fruit.
And eventually they cast seeds of their own.
Seeds that are just like the original.
And the cycle goes on.