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Fluff is silly.   It is foolish.

“… the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”  Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.”

1 Corinthians 1:18-25, NRSV

The humble Dandelion is a beautiful flower with a wonderful way of spreading its seeds.  Dandelions (literally, lions teeth)  are highly successful and remarkably hardy, but they are conventionally considered as commonplace weeds.  These qualities are reminiscent of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In the power of the Spirit the gospel is highly successful and remarkably hardy.  However, many who do not yet have eyes to see, may consider it to be something commonplace.  They see the gospel as  a cultural artifact to take for granted or even as a noxious weed to be countered with ‘wiser’ ideologies.

Our Lord is fond of seed imagery, for indeed He makes all seeds.

[Jesus] said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it?  It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” Luke 13:18-19, NRSV.

The wind carries dandelion seeds.

“ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  John 3:5, NRSV.

 


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