Today's Gospel: Mark 4:26-34
As I read over this Gospel, I began to think of my own children as the farmer’s land. As the farmer did in Christ’s parable, my husband and I planted seeds, our children, into the world. Night and day, not knowing how, we watched as these little people (seeds) sprouted and grew bigger and stronger, first just small inquisitive children, but gradually they will mature and gain independence. At the right time we, too, will wield our sickle, if you will, and let the fruits of our labor into the world to feed the population in obedience to God. We watch day by day as the fruits of our love and family prosper and lend themselves to nurture the world in their own way.
We are the kingdom of God; we bring to each other Christ and the hope of a better tomorrow and beyond. What we do with the land we are given can feed and nurture the kingdom of God.
As small as the mustard seed is, is like one person in the world, very small indeed, but like the mustard seed, one person with the strength of their faith and hope of Christ can make a big difference in another person’s life, or maybe a whole community or nation!
How do you feel about the Kingdom of God now? Will you ever see your garden the same way again?
Father, God of all creation, look with mercy upon your children who seek your aid in all that we do. Help us to always have you in mind as we care for our “seedlings.” We are blessed and wish to bless you in return in our fallen nature. We thank you for your love and care throughout our lives. We ask this in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you forever and ever. Amen.
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Copyright 2015 Ebeth Weidner
About the Author
Ebeth Weidner, a Master Catechist and cradle Catholic who considers herself a Catholic information junkie, writes from her heart about the faith and hope she finds in the Catholic Church. She is the author of “A Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars” blog. She is the wife of a research science Professor and mom to 3 great young adults people living on the coastal side of North Carolina.