Readings for Friday January 30, 2011
Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church
First Reading: Hebrews 10:32-39
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 37
Gospel: Mark 4:26-34
“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.” (Mk 4:30-32)
In today's gospel, Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. When it starts out it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it is fully grown it is one of the largest of all the trees. We are also reminded that this does not happen by anything that the person planting it does, it grows by its own accord.
Like the Kingdom of God, it starts off small, and then grows into something very big. We must ask ourselves too if we have Jesus in us, are we saying yes to Him and allowing Him to grow in us? Jesus tells us that some of the littlest and simplest things can turn into great and mighty things. Imagine how our lives can change by letting Christ work in us. A little, simple yes to God can mean amazing things for us and the world. Mary's humble yes brought Christ into our world in the flesh. The yes of Christ led to His death, crucifixion, and resurrection, and ultimately the forgiveness of our sins. The yes by us can lead to an eternity in heaven with God.
Brothers and sisters, may we always be among those who say yes to God, and may this simple little things turn into something mighty and amazing. Let us remember today's words by Saint Paul; "We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life."
Come, Holy Spirit
Come, holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you will renew the face of the earth.
Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful. In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.