Posted by: livingscripture | January 30, 2009

Third Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


What comparison shall we make for the reign of God?  What image will help to present it?  It is like a mustard seed which, when planted in the soil, is the smallest of all the earth’s seeds, yet once it is sown, springs up to become the largest of shrubs, with branches big enough for the birds of the sky to build nests in its shade.        (Mark 4, 31-32)


How should we live this Word



The little mustard seed was considered the smallest of all seeds.  We are probably dealing with the ‘synapis nigra’ which belongs to annuals of the herbaceous plants that sprout in a short time and reach a considerable height.  As an alert observer, Jesus once more uses images from nature to communicate His message of life.  The seed becomes a huge bush which does not glory in its height but opens itself to receive the birds of the air who go to ‘nest in its shade’.  In fact, God not only gives life and growth to the miniscule seed that become a large bush, but He also gives it the possibility of becoming the place for fertility to multiply.


With this brief parable, Jesus tells us that God’s Kingdom is not a refuge or a bulwark, but a place of adventure and of risk for the transmission of life.  However, this fertility is in God’s hands and is the fruit of daily fidelity to His Gospel.  The Reign of God is already among us in the small realities of each day, in the microcosm of our existence.  If we are full of hope, we ourselves, though small and fragile, can grow and announce through our lives the kingdom of mercy and peace. 


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Lord to let the small seed of my life grow with His Word. I will seek to ponder it in my heart so that it may produce fruit.



The voice of J. Guillet, Biblist


The sower would not have cast the seed had he not been sure that, even with all the obstacles, those grains of wheat exposed to so many risks would produce a good harvest in the end.  The moment that Jesus went out to sow, the moment He gave His word and His very life with such great prodigality in the face of so much opposition, shows that the seed has in itself an energy capable of overcoming all resistance.  It is the power of God’s kingdom.

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