Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.”
– Mark 4:26
Where do you see God?
A reflection from our Priest in Charge, the Rev. Hilary Greer
When I was in my last year of seminary, one of my professors accused the class of talking like atheists. Huh? He explained, “Whenever I ask what might be in store for your life after graduation, you explain to me where YOU hope to be, what YOU would like to be doing, what YOUR BISHOP may have in mind, and on and on. Doesn’t God deserve even a mention? If I were only to listen to you, I would think that anything happening in your life was the result of you and your Bishop.”
In our take-charge culture, it can be easy to feel like we’re the ones who need to make it all happen. To act as though the spiritual life is all well and good, but we need to DO something here. We may ask where God is leading us, but leave that question largely theoretical, as though God is some distant force faintly calling out directions from far, far away.
Jesus tells us that’s just not true. God’s kingdom is bursting forth in our midst. God is all around us, infusing our world, and God’s kingdom is taking root and sprouting tall. Our job isn’t to labor in the fields as though we’re the ones making it happen. Our job is to remain alert. God is at work, God’s kingdom is at hand! And our job is to see it. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus talks about the importance of having “eyes to see and ears to hear.” This is our first – and continual – charge as people of faith. To see and hear.
St. Mark’s is a place where we celebrate and name the ways that we see God in our midst. We call these “God sightings.” From sharing personal stories during discussion times, to reflecting together on the meaning that biblical passages hold for our life today, to simply learning to recognize the presence of God more deeply in our daily lives, we are a community that nurtures spiritual formation. That means that we learn together to see and appreciate God, to know ourselves to be in relationship with God, and to recognize the patterns of how God is moving in our lives and in the world.
Every time I’m with the people of St. Mark’s, I have a God sighting. I invite you to come and see for yourselves.