Gospel – Mark 4:26-34

Jesus said to the crowds:
“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 through it all 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.”

He said,
“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is 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
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them,
but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.

Reflection on the Gospel

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

I find good news in the parable that the seed sprouts and grows and yields fruit even if I’m not sure how it happens.  What a joy it is to know that God chose me to be among those that are members of the kingdom of God.  If this growth happens of its own accord, what part must I play in this development?  It is necessary that I yield to the movement of the Holy Spirit in my life.  The more I yield to the Holy Spirit, the more yield of fruit for the kingdom will be produced in my life.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts – Forever.