Blogging Towards Sunday, November 27th
Today’s passage of Mark continues the teaching of Jesus in parables. Undoubtedly, since Mark is a good writer, it is directly connected to the parable of the Sower and the Seed (Mark 4:1-20). In that parable we learn of God’s abundant and amazing grace similar to seeds scattered on diverse and different types of soil. God gives the gift of faith and then grows it as we respond. We’re not just passive observers, but also actively involved.
lamps | measures | seeds oh my!
The first parable of the lamp and the bushel remind me of my childhood and the song we often sang in Sunday School, “hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine!” But that’s from Matthew 5. It’s not what Jesus is talking about here. What is Jesus talking about with the hidden and made manifest? A light is meant to illuminate the room. Why then do we need ears to hear? Isn’t it obvious? Not to me!