January 27, 2017
Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
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.
REFLECTION (Sem. Dondon O. Dimaano)
Our professor in homiletics once gave each of his students a small plastic container with pieces of mustard seeds. He reminded us that to unravel the mystery of God’s Word, one must be patient to acquire necessary knowledge through research and reflection. According to him, we must consider ourselves ‘mustard seeds’ which are small and seems unimportant. But if we will only persevere and persist, we will spring up and develop branches like that of a full-grown mustard tree.
The kingdom of God is likened by Jesus to a mustard seed. I know that in me, he has planted the seed of goodness and holiness. All I need is to nurture it, to water it daily with prayer and sincere concern with others.
But for the seed to grow, it must first be planted, buried deep enough in the soil. It seems to me that it means a dying to myself, an emptying before I can grow. It requires detachment from all things until I am free to grow only for the service of God’s Kingdom. If I will not take care of the seed, it will surely die and never will it bloom and bear much fruit. It invites me to patiently strive to detach from my personal preferences, comforts and wants.
Growth can only come from my participation with God’s grace who must be my lone Gardener, allowing myself to be soaked in His love, be nurtured and fertilized, which is possible only if I am rooted in His Word.