Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
This Week’s Intention: That our Lasallian schools will continue to be places where the sinfulness of exclusion and marginalization are dispelled by the light of understanding, acceptance and respect for the dignity of every person.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 4:26-34
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.
From the Fifteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
God is so good that he does not leave unrewarded the good work that is done for him and the service that is rendered to him, especially for the salvation of souls. If it is true that God rewards so generously even in this world those who have left all things for him, that they receive a hundredfold in this life, with how much more reason will God reward even in this present time those who have devoted themselves with zeal to spread his kingdom!
Eternal Father, the many seductions and illusions of life can distract us from you. Rather than seeking your Kingdom and its righteousness, we seek after only our own concerns. Add to our faith and our awareness of your presence and strength, and move us to walk in your ways. Help us to lift up ourselves and each other, to fill our world with your compassion, justice, and truth. We ask this of who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.