January 29, 2016 (Friday)

St. Gildas the Wise

Friday of the Third Week

2 Sm 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17

Ps 51

Mk 4:26-34



26Jesus 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 27and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. 28Of its own accord the land yields fruit, rst the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come.”

30He said,“To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. 32But 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.” 33With many such parables he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it. 34Without parables he did not speak to them, but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.


Jesus in the Gospel continues to teach lessons on the Kingdom of God using the parable of the man who scatters seed on the land and the parable of the mustard seed. e Kingdom of God has small beginnings; its growth is slow but sure. We are instruments in the sowing of the seed of the Kingdom, but God alone can make it grow. We simply have to trust that God will make God’s Kingdom on earth grow, in spite of the weeds and the thorns.

Yes, we work for the coming of God’s Kingdom on earth, but we have also to pray as Jesus taught us, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven” (Mt 6:10).


Pray fervently because every blessing comes om God, but work also as if everything depends on you.

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