Hence the Harvest

Who is his mother?
Who are his brothers?
Who his father?

These call him insane
They wag the finger
And quote the psalm

Join not with the wicked
Nor fellowship with sinners
They are worthless as chaff

But see what fruit
These few have borne
What their seed yields

His brothers have never known him
The good news falls on hardpacked paths
They hear but they do not believe

His mother was a rocky place
That received the word with joy
Yet she of late has fallen away

Even he that was his earthly sire
Good soil indeed that once he was
Sees him not through worldly cares

But those with eyes may see
And those with ears may hear
Yes those with hands hold fast

These are his chosen people
Those who bear much fruit
In whom the word takes root

Praised be the Lord
There are many dawns
Before the harvest moon

Nothing is ever hidden
Except to be revealed
Another season awaits

A crop may be spoiled
By waves of driving hail
Or late summer drought

Judgment comes not yet
Tend to your own fruit
Husband your own fields

May the dormant seed
Await the wadi’s flood
Or spade-turned earth

About Greg Wright

I have worn many hats as a writer and editor over the years. Unlike my scholarly and journalistic work from the "old days" at Hollywood Jesus, Past the Popcorn, or SeaTac Blog, the writing here is of a more overtly personal and spiritual nature. I hope it provokes you as much as it provokes me.
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One Response to Hence the Harvest

  1. Greg Wright says:

    Peter puzzles over the failure of Jesus’ family to respond positively to his ministry… in the context of the parable of the sower. (Peter wasn’t the only disciple to make the association. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all connect Jesus “Who is mother? and who are my brothers?” remark with this parable.)

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