From the Word of the Day
Then he said, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a person 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. (Luke 13: 18-19)
In reality, God’s Kingdom is small, hidden, fragile, but full of an extraordinary capacity to make the dough grow, the tree able to receive and give hospitality to the birds of the air. Sometimes, however, we are tempted to look at the things of God with a worldly gaze, letting ourselves be tempted by the seduction of statistics, of the weight of numbers. God’s logic is very different. It is the logic of oneness, not of the crowd; of the heart and not of the weight of numbers. Let us look into the eyes of our sisters and brothers with whom we share hope, more attentive that the salt will not lose its flavor. Jesus is attentive to the logic of the Kingdom that goes ahead even if we do not occupy ourselves with it. The world is already saved. It is not up to us to save it. It is saved but does not know it. We disciples are called to live salvation in our daily life, to witness to it with our works. With a smile bestowed, with a cheerful comment, with a bit of patience, with a silent prayer during the day, the Kingdom spreads. Our job is to be collaborators, to be the transparency of the Good News.
Today, I will remember the Gospel and pray: Lord, let me be leaven; grant me trust. Help me with Your Word when I am attentive to quantity and results rather than entrusting myself to You like a baby in its mother’s arms.
The voice of St. Pope John XXIII
It is comforting and enough for our interior tranquility to know that Jesus our Savior is much more solicitous than we are for the well-being of souls that He wants to save with our cooperation. However, what saves them intimately is His grace and His grace will not be lacking at the opportune moment.