This week we continue to explore what being a Pentecost people is – a people alive with the spirit of God who are sent out into the world to share the Good News. We are continually being invited to check our hearts, ensuring we have our heart and our mind in balance with one another and rooted in Jesus. This process is a moment-by-moment balance of micro adjustments as we attend to digging deep and cultivating our hearts. Our exploration of the reading from Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23 invites us to think about how we are cultivating the kind of soil we would like for our heartscape, cultivation that takes place through the ongoing practice of holy habits.
In Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23 we read of Jesus telling the gathered crowd the parable of the Sower. This is the beginning of a series of stories to help them understand the heavenly reward of someone who hears and understands the gift of the good news Jesus speaks of. Jesus is talking about what it is to be in relationship with him and with God through him. When prompted by the disciples Jesus explains that the parable is for those who haven’t yet understood the word.
This week the Matthew passage is complemented by Paul’s letter to the Romans. In Romans chapter 8: 5-11 we are reminded that we are people of the spirit and what it is like to be alive in the spirit.
Our activities this week include taking us back to some of our earliest memories of learning with an adaptation to the well-known nursery rhyme Farmer in the Dell. We are also getting our hands into some grains to shape our prayers and help us think through the parable more.