He said, "This is how it is with
the kingdom of God; it is as if a man
were to scatter seed on the land and would
sleep and rise night and day and the seed would
sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its
own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then
the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the
sickle at once, for the harvest has come." He said,
"To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it? It is
like a mustard seed that, when it is sown
in the ground, is the smallest of all the
seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it
springs up and becomes the largest of plants and
puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the
sky can dwell in its shade." With many such
parables he spoke the word to them as they
were able to understand it. Without parables he did not
speak to them, but to his own disciples he
explained everything in private.
Lord, I come into your presence with openness of
heart. I know that you want to plant your seed
in me and help it to bear fruit. I
trust that you will pour out your mercy on me
as I spend this time with you. I want
to love you more and become a better instrument of
Petition: Lord, help
me contemplate the action of your grace upon the
world and fully cooperate with you.
1. Steady Growth: Jesus reminds me that his grace is
working in the world. His message carries an interior
dynamism that affects souls and brings about change in
them. I think of someone who has surprised me
by a sudden conversion or steady growth in Christian living.
I see many people who are working on projects
of evangelization or are full of Christian charity. I
see many other people who are trying in their secular
occupations to do their part to make this world
better. I contemplate the many families that are striving
to be places of love in which each person is
valued as a unique gift. This is the seed
of the Gospel that grows silently without our knowing how.
2. When the Grain Is Ripe:
God, in his mercy, often adds years to our
life so that we can learn wisdom and produce in
our actions fruit that is worthy of eternity. How
much do I value the opportunities I have each day
to do simple acts of charity or leave messages
that have a beneficial effect on others? How often
do I pray for others? Each day I should be
attentive to the small and big opportunities the Lord
gives me to help establish his kingdom more deeply
in my soul and in the souls of others.
3. Disproportionate Strength:Like the image of the
mustard tree in the parable, Christ’s grace sustains many
men and women throughout the world. People discover in
Christ’s friendship the true home their hearts seek and the
communion with all men they intuitively desire. What a
great gift we have in the Church! Let us
try to make it a true home for all people.
Let us partake deeply of its teachings and its
grace and become more deeply a gift for others. The
strength of love sustains us.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, thank you for the
workings of your grace in so many souls. I want
to be united with your grace throughout this day
and throughout my life. Help me to use this
day in such a way that I will be planting
your love around me.
I will take time to say a special prayer
or make a special sacrifice for the conversion of sinners.