+In the name of God our Maker, Jesus Living, and the Fulfilling Spirit, Amen.
[When Sherman said that we were cutting things down to make the service shorter, I thought that here was a chance for me to expand the homily—and I have a bit—especially here to make the connections clearer— though those of you who heard it, will recognize that I moved from the text more than just here and there—and what was also apparent (I am sure), was that I was cutting like mad as I was preaching—even when we had some competition from one or more of our visitors]
A couple Sundays ago, with the church doors propped open on account of the nice weather, a pigeon wandered in during the Sunday drop-in and discovered we had free food. He was chased out, but kept coming back. Ditto, the next day. Today, he brought two others. Talk about effective evangelism. Unfortunately, the numbers won’t be included in our parochial statistics.
Homily Based on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
July 13, 2014
Listen! A sower went out to sow.
Some seeds fell on the path and were eaten by birds. Some fell on rocky ground and they never took root. Some were choked by thorns. And some, some fell on good soil, and brought forth more grain than could be imagined.
Well, I am no farmer, not even a very experienced gardener, but it sure makes me wonder about what kinda crazy sower we have here who tosses the seed to fall where it may. Most of it never makes it to harvest time. Today he might be sowing while texting.