Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint 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.”
“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.
The seed of the Kingdom is in your heart
1)The seed. We all have “something divine”, which is the presence of God within us. It depends on you, whether it grows or remains there as a small seed. There is supernatural life in you; the presence of God that continually talks to you. You have a spiritual life – not only the physical and psychological aspects of you are important. You have a spirit, don’t let it dry up. Remember that spiritual life is not reduced to going to mass and praying the rosary… it goes further: listening to God’s voice in us, meditating, learning about our faith, getting to know oneself as a child of God. You and I have to learn to develop the supernatural life that we have within us.
2)The smallest: This refers to what we already have: the virtue that lives in us and leads us to help others but, above all, does not make us lose our freedom, no, on the contrary, it makes our freedom grow. That little thing we have may be a gift or a virtue, and it grows in others. It is to be used as a service to others.
3)The kingdom is Jesus: “Having him” in your life is what makes the best part of you grow. The key to having the kingdom in your heart is to be in unity with God. How do I know that I am united to God? I’ll share with you some characteristics of those in union with God: supernatural vision, joy, humility, and simplicity. Supernatural vision implies reflecting on what God wants to show you in each situation you go through. Joy obviously refers to being a happy person. Humility entails not showing off and not wanting to appear as the first and the best. And finally, simplicity.
May God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Never forget that Heaven is our goal. Take care.