While this last Sunday I preached of slow faith - and the seeds that have been scattered on the ground (Gospel lesson from Mark 4:26-29) - the lesson continued on to tell us of the mustard seed - and how these tiny seeds make an impact on the natural world.
While we may not think these parables matter - as in, “what difference does this make in our lives today”. The truth is that when we sift through the details and the influence that these parables still have in our lives 2000+ years later, maybe we also can make the connections of how we are joined to one another on many levels. And our growth together (with and for one another) impacts the world as a whole. If our belief in an omnipresent God matters - then so does how we interpret the scriptures we are given.
Martin Luther King Jr has said
“A religion true to its nature must also be concerned about man's social conditions....Any religion that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and is not concerned with the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them, and the social conditions that cripple them is a dry-as-dust religion.”
Having read that alongside this Gospel lesson from Mark, at first might appear disjointed - but if we look closer, is it possible that we can understand together that possibly one of the interpretations of the parables of the Kingdom of God are to help us focus on the small details that grow exponentially (for better or worse) and that we are called to PAY ATTENTION to the details even the small ones… And while that may feel a bit exhausting, let us remember that we do not come into this “working” of the Kingdom of God as individuals, but as the body of Christ. Together - Embodying True Love and Compassion for all God’s creation. (TLC mission statement)
We do “life” and “faith” in community, with community, for community. How are we doing???