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