Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/013114.cfm
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.”
He said, “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.
The Kingdom of God is like – what do you think it is like? The Kingdom of God is sown into your heart and your soul. It is up to you to feed and water that seed with the word of God. The more you do God’s will, the more time you spend in His word causes that seed to grow and blossom. And, only you can do that. Only you can feed and water it. What choice do you make? It is a life or death decision. Choose wisely.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to nurture the seed you have planted within me. Help me to choose life, not death. Growth and life. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.