Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time — 17 June 2018
In Australia, so far as I know, a farmer ploughs the land and then plants the seed. In Galilee, the farmer scattered the seed on the old field and therefore on tracks which people made walking across it after cropping, on thorny areas, and also on what he hoped was good soil. He then ploughed in the seed. It is a wonder that anything grew, and generally the return was about 7:1. In a previous parable Jesus had spoken of the Kingdom he was inaugurating as if it would turn out to be like a bumper harvest of up to a hundredfold. What would such a harvest mean for a peasant tilling the rocky soil of Galilee?