A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 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.
REFLECTION: " the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how."
Our Lord is the living seed. The man took the mustard seed and scattered it. The tree that springs from Him grows, spreads its branches and houses many, shelters and provides spiritual food. It brings peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Our Lord will visit with His consolations and will bring you much peace, graces and intimacies in His presence.
Do we allow the seed of God's Word to take deep root in our lives and transform us into a fruit-bearing disciple of Jesus Christ?
Do we take, understand and love the Word of God to the point that we know exactly what He can do if we only scatter the seed?
Do we believe it, prize it and spread and share the seeds with others?
Martha Berry (1866) from Rome, Georgia taught her playmates bible in her playhouse. From there her teachings about the love of God grew to include the nearby poor children. Today Berry College sits on 28,000 acres.
St Andre Bessette (1845) evangelized many from a small chapel in Montreal. He worked for the Notre Dame College of Montreal opening doors, delivering mail and helping people. During these humble beginnings he was able to evangelize and spread devotion to St Joseph. The famous St Joseph Oratory in Montreal now sees many people come daily to pray and experience miracles.
God can make great things from humble beginnings. All He asks of us is to scatter the seed and He will take care of the rest.
God Bless You