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Imagine That!

Happy are your eyes because they see, your ears because they hear
Matthew 13:1-23 or 13:1-9

Sermon Topic God: message of

Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 13:16

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On a spring day, a week-end gardener showed an out-of-town visitor the packets of seed he had received through the mail. The rainbow colored packages promised huge, juicy, tasty vegetables of every kind. "This will be my best garden ever," boasted the backyard farmer. Late that summer the same out-of-town friend dropped by for another visit. "How is your garden doing?" he asked. "I'm sorry to say it hasn't done very well," the gardener replied. "That's a shame," sympathized the visitor. "What's the problem? Bad soil? Pests? Dry weather?" The gardener shook his head. "Then maybe your seed was the problem," the visitor suggested. "Yeah, I guess the seed was the problem," the gardener admitted. "You see, I never got around to planting any of it!"

Getting the seed into the ground can sometimes be the hardest part of farming, and that was especially true in first-century Israel. In the days of Jesus, eking a harvest from the land was a back-breaking struggle. The land itself was the first obstacle. Palestine is hilly country, and much of the tilling is carried out on steep slopes. Often the slope had to be terraced to hold the soil in place. The soil itself was fertile enough, but extremely rocky. And clearing the field of rocks was a never-ending task.

An old Arab story says that God enlisted two angels to assist in the creation of the world. God gave each of the angels a huge bag of stones to scatter evenly all over the world. Unfortunately, as the angels were flying over Israel, one of the bags burst and spilled half of the world's rocks into that little country -- and farmers have been digging them up ever since!

A second obstacle was the climate. The five months of burning heat in Israel can sometimes pass without a single drop of rain. On the more cool days, when dew condensed in the evening, the farmer would rise earlier than usual to cultivate the soil in order to keep the moisture from evaporating too quickly.

Finally, there was the challenge of getting the [...]

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