January 31, 2020
(St. John Bosco, Priest)
Jesus 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.” Mk_4:26-34
In today’s Scriptures we hear the antithesis of this parable, as King David allows the seed of lust to grow in his heart. And the seed bears fruit in the conception of an illegitimate child through his breaking of the sixth commandment. Then the rupture of his morality continues through deceit, malevolence and finally murder. You see our closest example of what Jesus was trying to teach is best understood through our own every day examples of how sin grows in our hearts and in our actions.
This was precisely what Don Bosco was trying to save his student children from. For through his angelic visions he had first hand witness of where sin leads every one of us if it’s not held in check.
And there’s where Jesus and all of those saints come to our rescue. All we have to do is listen and obey!
You see, as Jesus tells us today, the goodness of God’s kingdom can just as well grow from seeds of goodness within our hearts. When we plant seeds of compassion and humility and thanksgiving and love, then the fruit of those seeds will be joy and happiness and love in return. Love so great that it will grow into a tree showering down it’s joy to all who dwell in its shade. Yeah, sometimes it’s hard to envision the good from the sin. But the reward of the good is well worth whatever it takes to keep away from the evil. And that’s God’s promise!
Our most blessed birthday prayers for our beloved daughter Christie today! Happy Birthday Christie! We love you!!!!
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