The people come, bringing something of themselves. Then they leave.
Season after Pentecost | 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Ezekiel 17:22-24 (Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15); 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17; Mark 4:26-34 | Semi-continuous first reading: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 (Psalm 20)
In God's kingdom, sometimes less is more.
by Emily Zimbrick-Rogers August 10, 2018
On first reading, the two parables in today's Gospel text seem to make less and less sense. In the first, a sower seems to leave the seed to fend for itself. In the second, a tiny mustard seed becomes a bush large enough for its branches to provide shelter for birds. (In Matthew's telling, it's a full-size tree!) When we stop to think about it, both parables are preposterous.