(Mk Mk 4:26-34):
Jesus said to the crowds: “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.
Two thousand years later, are we able to understand all the elements of the Kingdom of God? Even today it remains for us believers like a mystery. Personally, I do not dare to enter into it, because I know that with my intelligence I cannot understand everything, even if God Himself comes to me to explain it.
Yet, I can easily understand some elements of this Kingdom. It is God who is at the heart of this Kingdom. God is the sower and the Word of Jesus is the one who was sown. We are the ground that receives this Word and we are called to give the fruits, like the parable of the sower.
Secondly, a small seed would be enough for us. Once this Word is well received, and if our positive commitment is sincere, it is God who will multiply them in us and this Word will certainly give fruit. For this, we only have to lend our intelligence, our time and our person, as St. Ignatius of Loyola tells us. And God will dispose of them according to His will. Since Jesus himself is this Kingdom, our faithfulness to his teaching will give us access to his person and in him we will give fruit.
Action of the day: Believe in the God who is active in you.
“This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land (…) and the seed would sprout and grow”
Fr, Jordi PASCUAL i Bancells
(Salt, Girona, Spain)
Today, Jesus is telling people about an experience very close to his life: “a man were to scatter seed on the land” (…), “the seed would sprout and grow” (…) “Of its own accord the land yields fruit, 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 our entire 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 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.” (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 the entire world.