I sometimes wonder what to say when someone says to me, “I am a God-fearing person, why did (insert bad thing here) happen to me?” It’s almost as if they are implying that God was punishing them because they didn’t fear God enough. Does God really want us to be afraid of His presence? Can we help but be afraid?  On the Mount of Transfiguration Peter, James and John were literally in the presence of God and fell on their faces in fear. What about us?

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

How do we respond to Jesus’ Parable of the Sower? We could do what we humans tend to do and try to figure out who is “out,” and who is “in,” or we could do the hard work of living out the truth the parable teaches, namely that Jesus expects us to bear fruit – part of bearing fruit is determined by how we go through the crap life throws at us.