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.
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.
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.
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.
Resolution: Today I will take
time to say a special prayer or make a special
sacrifice for the conversion of sinners.