January 27, 2012
Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary
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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.
Introductory Prayer: 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 your love.
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.
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.
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.