Grow Your Garden
Have you ever tried to start growing your own garden? I've never tried growing my own garden. Some of the first few times I grew my own flowers in a vase, I'd forgotten to water them and put them in sunlight. However, as I went through these challenging experiences, I learned and developed the knowledge and tools for properly caring for flowers. I even got my Christmas poinsettias to last for three weeks! When we take steps to grow our knowledge, develop good strategies and learn from our mistakes, we become wiser people, learning how to embrace life and make changes for the better, such as the case with flowers for me. In faith, as we learn more about God through prayer, scripture, Mass, those around us, evangelization, we become happier, embracing lives of discipleship with God at the centre, and moving past a sinful life. When we seek God's will through study and putting in the time, we change for the better, learning how to be joy-filled and loving every minute.
Today's Gospel states:'And he said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come." And he said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything' (Mark 4:26-34).
Today's reading talks about the Kingdom of God, in relation to a seed scattered upon the ground. As it is given time and is nurtured, it begins to grow. God's Kingdom starts with us, and grows through our faith, as a community and as individuals. Though many seeds can grow and make a good wheat, it started with one, and multiplied from there, through Jesus, to his disciples and on to the world. This is our mission as well, to be people of faith in every area of our lives, to speak words of love and truth to the world, and share the Good News even further, teaching those who don't know of God's love. It can be challenging at the start, but as you take more time to work on your own faith, you put God at the centre, and begin to live by faith, giving you the wisdom and courage to share this same life and love with others. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you work on living a life of faith.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me learn more and more about what it means to be a child of the Kingdom of God. Help me to work on growing in my faith so that I too can teach others how they can grow and spread the Good News to the world.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.