July 16, 2017

July 16, 2017

Jesus’ familiar “Parable of the Sower” — about a farmer sowing seeds — can be seen in a new light through the lens of Thomas Merton’s book New Seeds of Contemplation. Merton was a twentieth-century monk and spiritual writer, who lived in Kentucky and was a prolific writer.  I will share with you two separate excerpts from Merton then briefly reflect on each one for some of the meaning I see in them as they might apply to this parable.

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July 9, 2017

July 9, 2017

The primary thrust of what Jesus is saying in today’s Gospel reading is not directed toward people who have just any kind of difficulty. By “all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,” or an older translation, “who labor and are heavy laden,” Jesus doesn’t primarily mean folks with ordinary problems – such as too many bills, or being unemployed, or sick, or having ungrateful kids, a hard life, or whatever. Jesus has all sorts of things to say about stuff like that, but that’s not what he’s talking about here.

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