Friday, February 01, 2008

Among Giants

And he said: So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the earth, And should sleep, and rise, night and day, and the seed should spring, and grow up whilst he knoweth not. For the earth of itself bringeth forth fruit, first the blade, then the ear, afterwards the full corn in the ear. And when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. And he said: To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? or to what parable shall we compare it? It is as a grain of mustard seed: which when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are in the earth: And when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches, so that the birds of the air may dwell under the shadow thereof. And with many such parables, he spoke to them the word, according as they were able to hear. And without parable he did not speak unto them; but apart, he explained all things to his disciples.
Mark 4:26-34 (Douay-Rheims Bible)

Prayer Reflection

Dear Father what parable would Jesus use for us in our day to explain the kingdom of God. Would he use the same type of parable or something that we would understand in better terms by how we live. But the best is how he explained it to those so very long ago. A tiny seed that grows and grows to become a huge plant or tree. It is so simple, the growth. I look and stand under a tree that shades me and come to see the enormity of the words. How you overshadow us and keep us safe and protected. Never having been near the Giant Seqoia's, I can only imagine how immense those trees are and how truly puny I am beside it. But you dear Father are far more immense than these trees and your kingdom is even bigger than we could ever imagine.

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