On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 1, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

The fertile soil of our faith was so enriched, and the seeds of sacrifice planted by the precious blood of the Martyrs. They trusted in the Lord and knew that their suffering was only for a moment till they spent eternity in paradise with our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. He who laid down His life for His friends, welcomed His friends into heaven. We can now rest in the enormous shade of the mustard tree. The mustard tree of our faith and in the arms of Him who shelters us.

Are we all called to die a heroic Martyrs death? No, there are many Saints who have gone before us whom sacrificed their lives for Christ and brethren in so many varied ways that did not involve a Martyrs death. Still in a deep sense they died for their faith.

Let us take courage, trust in our ever faithful lord, and sow the seeds of love through the joy of the Gospel. Amen

First reading

Hebrews 10:32-39 †
We are the sort who keep faithful

Remember all the sufferings that you had to meet after you received the light, in earlier days; sometimes by being yourselves publicly exposed to insults and violence, and sometimes as associates of others who were treated in the same way. For you not only shared in the sufferings of those who were in prison, but you happily accepted being stripped of your belongings, knowing that you owned something that was better and lasting. Be as confident now, then, since the reward is so great. You will need endurance to do God’s will and gain what he has promised.

Only a little while now, a very little while,
and the one that is coming will have come; he will not delay.
The righteous man will live by faith,
but if he draws back, my soul will take no pleasure in him.

You and I are not the sort of people who draw back, and are lost by it; we are the sort who keep faithful until our souls are saved.

Gospel

Mark 4:26-34
The kingdom of God is a mustard seed growing into the biggest shrub of all

Jesus said to the crowds: ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man throws seed on the land. Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know. Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the crop is ready, he loses no time: he starts to reap because the harvest has come.’
He also said, ‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’
Using many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, so far as they were capable of understanding it. He would not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything to his disciples when they were alone.

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