Third Sunday After Pentecost

Year B Readings:

  • 1 Samuel 15:34–16:13
  • Psalm 20
  • 2 Corinthians 5:6-17
  • Mark 4:26-34

The Parable of the Growing Seed

The kingdom of God is like a seed
the farmer pushes into the soil.
Seed and soil produce themselves,
but growth quickens through the farmer’s toil.

After the planting, the farmer waits.
He sleeps and rises night and day.
The seed will grow; he knows not how.
He watches and waits for the wakening day.

First the stalk, and then the head,
and then the full grain at the top.
When the grain is full, the farmer goes
in with his sickle to harvest the crop.

Seed and soil produce themselves.
The patient farmer may water and weed
for myriad days without a sign.
It is just this way when you plant the Word.

Planting the Word is never enough.
You cannot plant and walk away.
While the Word and Faith produce themselves,
our work goes on to the wakening day.

Be patient, be strong: Do not lose heart.
Wait for the rains, early and late.
We are God’s servants, working together.
Let us rejoice on the harvest date.

June 13, 2021

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