Daily Lectionary Reflection, Wednesday, July 15

Some give freely, yet grow all the richer; others withhold what is due, and only suffer want.” -Proverbs 11:24

Abundance, not scarcity, characterizes the vantage point of faith. The wise teacher of Proverbs shows in this passage how this view works. Some see the world and think that giving freely will only lead to a life of poverty. Help one person, and you must help them all. So rather than help one, help none. That is the story of scarcity, the story of death.

The story of life tells us to gives freely, knowing that the created world was created in generosity. The loving God doesn’t withhold love, grace, and mercy. Following such a God means extending the same love to others. Give as it has been given to you. Love as you have been so loved. From such a vantage point there is not reason to war over resources. For there is enough for everyone, but not enough for everyone’s greed.

“Then the disciples came and asked him, ‘Why do you speak to them in parables?”’ Matthew 13:10

I cannot explain why Jesus doesn’t outline a three point plan for the kingdom of heaven, with a strategy to succeed. Jesus, rather than follow what we know to be proven leadership tactics, he tells stories, called parables. Parables serve as a prism to view the truth of God. With every turn of the prism you catch a glimmer of truth, a picture of the kingdom. Slowly sifting through these parables has an effect upon the reader, upon the disciple. The process, that is the journey of discipleship, transforms the disciple into one capable of understanding the parables of Jesus. Easily dismissing them has another effect. They read and hear but quickly dismiss them as mutterings of a overly spiritual, out of touch 1st century Jew. Quickly dismissing these parables quickly dismisses Jesus and the kingdom he promises. So ponder anew the words of Jesus, sit with them, turn them over in your mind, look for the glimpses of the kingdom.

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