Posted by: livingscripture | October 27, 2015

30th Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“What is the Kingdom of God like?  To what can I compare it?  It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden.  When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.  Again he said, to what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?  It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened. ”     

(Luke 13:8-21)

How should we live this Wordimage014- tree w birds

 Today, the two parables of Jesus speak to us of the mysterious power of the Kingdom of God.  To everyone it may seem like nothing, but in the end it appears in all its interior potency and discloses to us a marvelous message of hope.

A mustard seed can hardly be seen.  It is so small, it is almost invisible.  However, it possesses an incredible life force that leads it to grow into a huge bush that the birds can nest in.

The leaven that a woman hides in a measure of flour seems like nothing, precisely because it is hidden.  And yet, it has the capacity to ferment all the dough and make it become bread.

The same thing happens in our spiritual life.  We must receive God’s Kingdom within ourselves, His Word, which seems small insofar as it is only a word.  But its interior force has the mysterious power to transform our entire existence.  We must have patience and hope.  We need patience because this miracle does not happen in a moment.  Once the seed is sown, we need to wait for a long time before it matures; once the yeast is hidden in the dough, it needs time spread through the dough.

Finally, we must trust and hope in the mysterious capacity of the seed and the yeast of God to reach the reason for which He put them in our life.  We often want to see things happen right away, but this is not the way of God.  We are not in charge, God is and we must abide by His time and entrust ourselves totally to the power of divine Grace.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder on the mustard seed and the yeast that work so silently and mysteriously.  As I look at the world around me, so torn by violence and hatred, I will renew my faith and trust in God’s Kingdom as it mysteriously and quietly grows in the heart of so many good people in this world, of the new martyrs who give their life for Christ, in all the charity that is done in the Name of Jesus, and I will take heart that Good is more powerful than evil. Nothing can thwart God’s plans!

Jesus, give me unbounded trust in Your Divine Power and Love!

 The Voice of an anonymous spiritual author of our times

 The seed planted in the ground does not grow immediately.  It needs time and heat to germinate.  Our soul as well needs time and warmth so that the seed planted by the Spirit may germinate.



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