Friday 3 of Ordinary Time

Friday, February 1, 2019

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?
The Kingdom is like a seed sown in our hearts. There is life inside the seed. That seed has in itself a tree, a dream, potential, and a dynamism as yet unexpressed but already operative, like every person on earth. We do not immediately see their essence but it is there.
Often instead, we convince ourselves that only ugly things happen in the world and that all is going from bad to worse. The same things of yesterday are re-proposed and with a certain degradation: evil, wars, unemployment, homicides, earthquakes, hatred, poverty, injustice, etc. This is one kind of reading. It seems that reality ends there without the ability to see the whole.
In reality, we need to be diffident of all that makes noise, that suddenly appears, that happens quickly. The dynamic of the Kingdom teaches us that true human progress is slow. Impatience and desire for control threaten this process and impede us from being aware of the new sprouts that are coming up.
In my prayer today I will say: Lord, I want to live in the moment and live it in love. I am certain that You are working. I want to offer You my silence and my waiting.

If we consent, God places in us a little seed and He goes. From that moment, God has nothing else to do and neither do we. We only need to wait. The only thing we must not do is regret the consent we have given, the nuptial ‘yes’.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
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Comment by Sr. Graziella Curti, FMA

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