Once more today sowing seeds is the predominant metaphor used in the Scriptures to get life lessons across. First it is Paul who says, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully…for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2COR 9:6) Once again a song from the past, accompanied by energetic arm gestures, plays in my head. We sang, “God loves a cheerful giver; give it all you’ve got!” Why hold on to anything when sharing and generous giving bring such joy? Easily said, I hear in my mind, noting my tendency to hold on to what I have rather than opening my hands.
The gospel answers that question, seeing us not as the sower this time, but as the seed. “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat, but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” (JN 12: 24-26) Our willingness to be broken open by events or relationships or any enlightening insight will always draw us deeper into life. It is our tight fists that keep us from letting go, our unwillingness to be changed that impede our growth.
So today I choose to get out there with open hands and open heart to greet whatever comes calling because I know that generosity on my part is just a fraction of what God is willing to give and my cheerful giving will be met with God’s unbounded joy in my own heart.