1 February 2019. Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Ivan Joseph F. Feniquito)
The Kingdom of God is at hand; within us. It is a great gift from God. We may sometime unintentionally overlook it, but it is always with us, ready to nourish our lives here on earth.
In everyday life, I do not have an exact idea how food ends up on our table. Unlike my parents, both of them had experience to sow and reap rice grains, vegetables, and fruits. In their young age, they were trained by my grandparents in their hacienda. But now, I just go to the supermarket to buy the ingredients I need for my meal.
The Gospel presents to us how God, the Creator of heaven and earth, nurtures His creatures. My mother told me how incredible nature cooperates in producing harvests. The soil is then taken good care of the farmer and the seed is sown in the ground. The farmer waters them, and does other stuff, but Nature takes care of the rest leading the seed to sprout and grow, and produce grain which matures by harvest time. The farmer does his task and hope and trust in Nature or should I say in God who “feeds his creatures in due season.” I witnessed in the rice plantation of my uncle how the seedlings or “punla ng palay” grows and in due time will be ready for harvests. It exemplifies the wonderful work of God and the participation of the people.
Reflecting further, it is more than the harvest of food, but it is also the image of the word of God that Jesus preaches. The Word has the power to bear fruit of faith and goodness in the human heart. In time, God will manifest his kingdom in fullness, but it will be due to his wisdom and power. The divine intervention of God in human heart comes from a tiny “seed” of faith for the salvation of the whole world.
The Gospel Today
Jesus 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
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.”
“To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But 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.”
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them,
but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.