27th January (English)

Publié le 26 Janvier 2017

Scripture:

Mark 4:26-34

26 And he said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, 27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come." 30 And he said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." 33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

 

The daily application

 

The heart of each and every one is the ground that God has sown the seeds of His Kingdom. It is here that charity, hope and Faith are nourished and nurtured by the Lord. The seed comes from God directly to us. Now the question is, how to welcome this seed into our heart make it to give much fruit? It is not a complicated spiritual exercise.  It is simply remaining active, in watching all that is happening in and around us. Carefully watching all the inner and exterior movements of life, will help us to identify how much God is active in us. It is in this simple manner of remaining watchful in our life, we become the light not only for us, but also for others.

Once these inner movements become a spiritual experience, or a God experience, we become mystic by the very contemplation of the Work of God in us and in others. Our heart thus will be filled with gratitude and joy. Thus this simple joy that we experience in ourselves is multiplied by God and others profit from our inner joy, and this becomes a God experience for them. In this way, we cooperate with God directly and indirectly in establishing the Kingdom of God on the earth.  This cooperation is explicitly visible by our engagement in the development of every individual towards the perfection of Holiness, the Temple of the Holy Spirit. It is in this simple act, let us say, mere a look filled with mercy and love, or by a simple presence, or listening the pain of others, God multiply the fruits of His Kingdom in us. In this Kingdom there is plenty of love and forgiveness. Have a wonderful day.

 

«In the kingdom of God it is like this. A man scatters seed upon the soil and the soil produces of itself»

 

Fr, Jordi PASCUAL i Bancells
(Salt, Girona, Spain)

Today, Jesus is telling people about an experience very close to his life: «A man scatters seed upon the soil (…), the seed sprouts and grows (…). The soil produces of itself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear» (Mk 4:26-28). With these words Jesus is speaking of the kingdom of God, consisting «of sanctity and grace, Truth and Life, justice, love and peace» (Preface of the Solemnity of our Lord Christ the King), that He is bringing us. We must make this kingdom real. First, within each one of us; afterwards, for all our world.

In every Christian's, soul Jesus Christ has sown —by virtue of the Baptism— the grace, the sanctity, the Truth... It is necessary that these seeds sprout, grow and bear a multitude of good fruits, our deeds: deeds of service and charity, of kindness and generosity, of sacrifice to properly comply with our daily duty and to make happy those around us; deeds of constant prayer, of forgiveness and understanding, of effort to grow in virtue, of joy...

Thus, this Kingdom of God —that begins within each one of us— will extend to our family, to our people, to our society, to our world. Because, he who lives like that, «what does he do but preparing the path of God (...), so that the strength of grace fills him and the light of truth lights him up; so that his ways to God are always straight?» (Saint Gregory the Great).

The seed begins very small, «It is like a mustard seed which, when sown, is the smallest of all the seeds scattered upon the soil. But once sown, it grows up and becomes the largest of the plants in the garden» (Mk 4:31-32). But the force of God's will scatters it all over and makes it grow up with a surprising vigor. Jesus asks us today —as in the beginning of Christianity— to spread his kingdom throughout all the world.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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