I remember when I was still in high school, we had a project in our Technology and Livelihood Education subject to grow vegetable. I chose to plant Patola. During the first few days, I was very enthusiastic in visiting and tending to my seedlings. I water them every day, I till the ground, and I even talk to them. But came it to a point when I grew tired and weary because it seemed that they were not growing, not even an inch. And so I visited my plant less often. I did not mind the plant for many days to weeks. Then there was a time when I was hospitalized and confined. My classmate joyfully told me that my patola plants started to grow.
The Gospel today teaches us about the Kingdom of God. We as, Christians, longs for its fulfilment and completion. But while we are at our present time, we have to strive with patient endurance as we continue to journey towards its completion. Jesus compared the Kingdom to a mustard seed. Though it may be small, it will surely grow. The Gospel reminds me that all efforts done with patience, perseverance, and prayer will surely grow and yield much fruit. All good acts done out of love will surely blossom forth kindness. Sometimes, though it may seem futile and useless, the Gospel reminds us to continue with our effort in serving the Kingdom of God. We may be discouraged but we should always go back to God and ask for the grace of patient endurance so that we may be able to wait with joyful hope for the coming and completion of the Kingdom of God. The story of my patola plant is another example which together with the Gospel invites me to always remember that God’s time is always on time. We may wait for a while but be assured that though it is taking time, it will surely come.
By Sem. Justin Gatus
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.