Reflections for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

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Today we read the parable of the mustard seed from the Gospel according to Mark  (4: 26 – 34).

“What can we say the kingdom of God is like?  It is like a mustard seed which the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.”

The Gospel reading is concerning us with our spiritual growth.  The seed of God’s Word was first planted in our hearts at Baptism, and it is our task to water and tenderly care for it,  so that it can work powerfully within us.  The Gospel speaks about the importance of coming to God in prayer and good works, in order to grow in God’s favour and friendship.  The mustard tree reminds us about the truth of Christian life:  the seed of God’s life within us grows slowly and invisible.

Through prayer and reading the Word of God we are asked to perform good works, and live out the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.  This allows us not only to perform good acts, but also to give the best of ourselves.  We need to be open to transformation, to become more like Christ and to show love to our neighbours.  In this way we will make the seed in our hearts blossom in abundance.

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The mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds.  We may feel small and insignificant in this big world of ours.  What can we do to make a difference?
It reminds me of the film “Evan Almighty” (YouTube clip).  It talks about how we can change the world.  “One Act of Random Kindness” at a time.
The importance of Love and Charity cannot be underestimated, performing good works and acts of loving kindness in our daily lives is central to being a Christian.

Let us be fruitful, let us blossom in abundance,
let our hearts overflow with Jesus’ Divine Love.

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