Lenten Meditation for Feb. 26, 2013/Third Tue of Great Lent
- Bible Readings:
St. Mark 10: 17-27
Exodus 20: 1-19
Job 31: 1-15
Proverbs 3: 1-12
St. James 1: 27-2: 13
Ephesians 2: 1-18
St. Mark 4: 1-20
�Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.� � St. Mark 4:12
This passage of scripture is about The Parable of the Sower and what Jesus truly meant. In the parable, there was a farmer that went out to plant some seeds and they landed in four distinct and symbolic regions. A few seeds fell along a normal path and the birds of the air came and ate them. Next, some fell along the rocky soil and the plants started to grow quickly, but were scorched by the sun because it had no root in the soil. Then, some seeds fell among thorns and they grew, but were soon choked by them and they were not able to �bear grain.� However, a portion of seeds fell along the good soil and it grew bountifully and produced crop in great measures and quantities.
As this being a parable, there is always a hidden message or meaning that Christ wants us to understand. In this parable, Christ later explains this hidden message as the seed is the Word of God and the different soils are different types of people and how and what they do with the given Word. The seeds that fell along the path represent those who hear the Word of God, but Satan soon enters their lives and takes it away from them. The seeds that fell along the rocky soil represent the people who receive the Word and rejoice because of it; but because they are not �rooted� in it nor themselves and when troubles of the world soon dwell among them, they fall away. The seeds that fell among the thorns represent the people who hear the Word, but are caught in the worries and riches of this world and make the Word �unfruitful�. Lastly, the seeds that fell among the good soil represent those who receive it, take joy in it, and accept it which allows them to �produce a crop� some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.�
What I truly believe is that this parable talks about how the Word of God should not be taken lightly. It should be worked with, wrestled with, and taken meaning and understanding in with so that we, as Orthodox Christians, are �rooted� strongly in our faith. So during this Lenten Season, we should reflect upon what Christ�s intention was through The Parable of the Sower. It is to realize the grace of God and have an understanding of our sins through the essential aspects of Orthodoxy: prayer and fasting. Saint Nikolai Velimirovich says the beautiful truth about fasting that we should all remember: �When a man realizes the grace that comes through fasting, he desires to fast more and more. And the graces that come through fasting are countless.�
Dear God, I pray that I may hear your words like the seeds that fell upon good soil, and that I too may grow through your words and your teachings. Amen.
Courtesy: '2013 Lenten Devotioonals' Published by MGOCSM, Philadelphia