FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Third Thursday of Ordinary Time
Feast of St. John Bosco
Founder of the Society of St. Francis de Sales and of the
Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians
31 January 2020
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.” (Mark 4: 26-27)
How shall I live this Word?
The key word of today’s gospel is patience. Very effective for understanding this Word is a small story written by the biblical scholar Silvano Fausti: “A farmer was sitting on the edge of a vast clean field, without a blade of grass. He sent the children who wanted to play ball elsewhere; he diverted a wayfarer who was trampling it to go straight to his goal; he sent away a priest who asked him to build the parish works. There was nothing in that field, but the farmer was already contemplating it blond with masses of wheat. He was not deluded: appearance gave reason to the experts; the reality instead to him, who had sown and knew that the seed does not disappoint. “The disciple (all of us) knows that our life is a sown field and we must not trample it, nor step on it for other purposes. The earth is fertile by virtue of the seed it contains. You need patience and to invoke the Sower who never disappoints the expectation of those who trust in Him.
Today, I will pray together “In You, Lord I trust, I will never be disappointed.”
The voice of St. John Bosco, Friend of the Young
Jesus the Savior calls us His brother, sister. We belong to Him. We share His merits, passion, death, glory, and dignity. He even wants to give us God as Father, the Church as a Mother, and the Word as a Guide.
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