Where Faith Dwells
There are times when the lectionary throws the Gospel straight at you. Today was one of those days, as the Gospel reading featured the parable of the sower. Just yesterday, I reflected on the ancient deposit of faith reflected in the ancient stones of Canterbury Cathedral. Today, I was reminded that the Gospel does not take root in a rock.
We can get into a problem when we reduce the Gospel to the things of the Church rather than constantly exhorting the Church to be shaped to the Gospel. We get lost in our church-ness. We divorce action from meaning. We confuse preferences with truth. We start seeking conformity rather than conversion. And we mask and obscure the faith.
The thing about the Gospel is that it takes root in human hearts, the site of probably the most stubborn field to plant. We really can only plant the Gospel by constantly exhorting Christ to sow His seed and by seeking our own repentance. If our hearts are hard and closed to His work, then how could we expect to see His work fully elsewhere?