Posted by: livingscripture | January 27, 2017

Third Friday in Ordinary Time


WORD of the DAY

He said, “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.” (Mark 4: 26-29)

How shall I live this Word?Sower

In this brief but splendid parable of today’s Gospel reading, there is a very meaningful Greek term that describes the impact of the seed with the ground which begins a dynamic process of fecundity that is spontaneous – automatic.  Between the sowing and the reaping, there is an interval, a long time that is well proven and in which all is entrusted to the seed and the soil.  It seems God is silent but this is not so.  The time of God’s seeming absence must not disturb the sower.  In fact, notwithstanding outward appearances, it grows and grows spontaneously!

The sower has trusted the power of the seed and then patiently waits for its time of growth.  It is a lesson in trust, in patience, in abandonment to the mystery of God and of man.  We do not know when or how or where, but they are destined at some crossroads of history to meet and bear fruit.  We can accelerate the times of technology, of our computer, but we cannot shorten the time that God uses in His hidden, patient, invisible work.  The power is not ours, but the seed’s that has the capacity in itself to open anywhere.  We need to know how to recognize the traces of God’s action in our everyday, without pretending to have to see spectacular and improbable events on the horizon.  Then contagious trust is born that extinguishes our sterile lamentations.  We acquire the capacity to give meaning to the ordinary; we become capable of praise and thanksgiving, and we live in active expectancy of the sower, full of trust and hope.

The voice of St. Ambrose of Milan

Sow Christ in your garden, the garden that is the place full of various flowers and fruit, so that the beauty of your work may blossom…Christ is present where there is every fruit.  You sow the Lord Jesus: He is the grain when it is stopped, but the tree when it rises…It is a little seed when it is buried in the ground, but it is a tree when it rises to heaven.




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