“Jesus said to the crowds:
“This is how it is with the Kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit.” (Mark 4, 26-34)
Instead of a Sower, a “man” scatters seed on the land in the parable from Mark’s Gospel we read today. The seed sprouts and grows “he knows not how.” In Mark’s previous parable, the Sower can be God as well as man, but only a man can be so lacking in knowledge and attention as this parable describes.
Day and night, limited by routine life, he goes about living and working, not seeing or understanding everything. We are creatures, not God.
The Kingdom of God is beyond human power to build and understand, the parable says. “Of its own accord the land yields fruit.” God brings the Kingdom about. “Your Kingdom come.”
How hard to humbly acknowledge we don’t control or fully understand the world we live in. The two parables for today tell us to recognize our limited power and wisdom. We’re told, “You can do anything if you believe and put your mind to it.” Not true. We’re human beings.
The two parables today have a different message. Yes, bring out the light you have and don’t hide it, but also remember the Great Light beyond yours that gradually reveals the Kingdom. In humble trust we see the Kingdom of God.