Posted by: livingscripture | January 31, 2014

Solemnity of St. John Bosco for the Salesian Family

From the Word of the Day

“To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God…it is like a mustard seed that, when 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…

(Mark: 4: 30-32) 

How should we live this Word?donbosco[1]

God, who is the Lord of history, decided to submit to the criteria of the earth and of the times.  He becomes small like the seed that occupies little space, and He allows Himself to be buried where no one can see Him.  He goes through all the phases of maturation in the knowledge that someone, when the moment of harvest comes, will reap the fruit of His hidden work.  God trusts the fact that a person will put hand to the scythe and will know the value of the harvest.  He trusts the passage of time to the one He hands it to.  He knows that time is the friend of truth.

He is not afraid to make Himself little because He trusts Himself, His work, and, therefore, He has no need to appear at any cost, to make Himself great.  But He also trusts human beings, in their capacity to discover the treasure of His life.  Then, when He becomes a garden plant, He does not do it to boast but because the fullness of His leaves and His branches can become shade and rest for ‘the birds of the air’, for our fatigue.

The Lord’s style is truly beautiful and consoling because it is the style of one who does not live in fear, in the desire for self-affirmation, afraid of the passage of time.  It is the style of those at peace with themselves, the earth, the passing of days, littleness, and with others.  Perhaps this is why we find it so hard to enter into God’s logic; His style is not ours.  We find it hard to accept the passing of time and limitations.  We have such low self-esteem at times that we want to appear great in the eyes of others.  We seek greatness, not to serve but to be served.  This is why we cannot understand God.

Today in my time for silent contemplation, I will gaze upon the seed.  In it lives life that has its rhythms and its phases.  It is small but it can feed many.  It does not look at what other seeds are doing but allows soil and nature to work on it and transform it.  Thus it becomes good food.

Help me Lord, to live like the small seed that does not force its nature but grows and matures in time.  Let me remain hidden when this is necessary and also to go out with courage when You ask me to bear fruit.  Let me live serenely whatever time brings me and grow and mature according to Your heart.

The voice of Don Bosco                 

In every young person, even the worst, there is a point accessible to the good.  The educator’s task is to find that sensitive chord and make it vibrate.

 

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