Readings for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Mark 4:26-34; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Ezekiel 17:22-24
“We walk by faith, and not by sight,” says the popular hymn (LSB 720). Followers of Christ know that there is more to this life than meets the eye. Jesus trains us to think in this way, even if the world does not.
Jesus uses the example of a seed to show how it is God alone who determines how and when and where His Kingdom will grow. We know that growth will come through the sharing and spreading of God’s Word. But the time and place of that growth is beyond what we can see or know (Mark 4). In a similar way, Saint Paul compares the frail, mortal bodies we possess now with the strong, new glorified bodies we will be given when Jesus returns. Again, God has plans for our bodies far beyond what we now see (2 Cor. 5). Finally, the prophet Ezekiel speaks about the coming Messiah, Jesus. Through him, God will humble the exalted, and exalt the humble. The way things are now is not how they will always be (Ezek. 17). Alleluia!