Is Jesus a prophet, a philosopher, a charlatan, an impostor? Each of us has to come to some conclusion about Him. What do I make of Jesus?
In the end all will be judged. The good receive their eternal reward. Those who caused suffering and pain in the lives of others will see their own lives as they really were.
Only the best is good enough for God to offer to those He loves. God doesn't deal in shabby goods.
We are in the field of God's kingdom, growing toward the harvest that will surely come. Are we the wheat or the weeds?
The Kingdom of God is God's final embrace of all creation to Himself. Its initial growth is small, but its final results are impressive.
The Kingdom of God is not yet completed. It is still growing and developing, and the mission of Jesus is to promote that growth.
The lesson of today's parable is that there is nothing wrong with the seed--the words and actions that express Jesus' mission.
It's probably not difficult to recall times in our life's journey when we were lost and wayward. We really needed to be found again through God's love and care.
The apostles were aware that all the blessings of their apostolic ministry came from the dying of Jesus, and were directed toward the manifestation of the risen Christ.
Membership in Jesus' community of faith--the Church--is what constitutes our salvation. It is this family of faith that gives final importance to our lives.