The Second Sunday in Lent, March 12

The Parable of the Sower
Mark 3:31-4:9

The scripture for today has Jesus speaking to the crowd saying, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” in response to being informed that His mother and brothers are looking for Him. He then looks at those seated around Him, telling them that whoever does God’s will is His brother and sister and mother. The scripture continues with the scene changing to Jesus’ teaching by the lake, the parable of the sower and scattered seeds. The seed that falls on good soil produces plentiful crops. He concludes His teaching with “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

I am struck by these passages because they reveal that being with Jesus marks me as His and as part of His family. Furthermore, my identity is rooted and grounded in Him. I think about family relationships and realize that just because one is raised in a home with values and belief systems, these will not necessarily be ingrained upon oneself. Each individual in a family can choose either to accept these values and beliefs to follow or to decide to follow their own way of choosing. Jesus said, “Who are my mother and my brothers? . . .whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.” Relating this to the seed that was sown, the seed was good, but even good seed that falls on shallow ground withers and dies or is choked out due to weeds or is eaten by birds. The seed planted in good soil, however, thrives and grows strong. This well-sown seed serves others and does God’s will.

Stepping Out in Lent – This Lenten season, I want to go deeper and become well-rooted and grounded in love. I pray that I will grow stronger and live into the very nature of God.

Author – Kimberly Calhoun is blessed to be the wife of Joe, and mother of Tayla, Savannah, Kendra Miriam and Lucy. She enjoys spending time with her family and her St. Peter’s family by participating in the choir, missions, prayer and the youth ministry.