Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,…” Mark 4:26
The Gospel text appointed for Sunday, June 17, 2012 is Mark 4:26-34. What follows is the opening paragraph of a reflection on Mark posted by Ynot on the Catholica Forum Blog.
Mark was finding it hard to concentrate on the papers spread across the table while a noisy group outside the door debated methods and strategies for proclaiming the kingdom. Get the message sorted out first, some were saying, to make sure everyone follows the same line. Others were talking about picking out the most likely converts. Then they started on the obstacles blocking the message, secularism, materialism, relativism in the Greco-Roman world, the hot-blooded youth who wanted a messiah to lead them against the Roman occupation back home in Palestine, and the biggest problem of all, the lack of spiritual hunger, seen in the poor attendance at synagogue, the waywardness of the young, the blindness of the pharisees. Finally, the leaders of the synagogue who didn’t care for the people. Some were even saying that you’ve got to start with the children and fill their young minds with the Way of Jesus before anything else. Mark threw up his hands in frustration. “They just don’t get it!” he muttered to himself, and put his head down to his work. He knew the key to all their searching was staring him in the face. How have they all got it so wrong? It’s not like organising a social revolution, it’s not like setting up a reform movement, it’s not like force-feeding the young, it’s not like an occupier’s re-education program among a subject people, it’s not indoctrination: It’s like sowing seed! Read the entire reflection
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