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Faith Daily | 28 January 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 530


O God,

the strength of all those who put their trust in you:

mercifully accept our prayers,

and because through the weakness of our mortal nature

we can do nothing good without you,

grant us the help of your grace,

that in keeping your commandments

we may please you both in will and deed;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


GOSPEL for the Day: Mark 4: 26-34

26He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”


30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”


33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Peter Brady


There is no easy take-home message in these two parables. In other parables, the farmer (or landowner) represents God so if that is the case here how can He not know how seeds germinate? Similarly, mustard seeds aren't the smallest seeds. And the ancients often viewed mustard as just a little better than a weed.


But parables require us to make a leap of faith, to leave behind our planned, linear and logical world-view for one filled with mysteries and surprises into which a sovereign God calls us. If we do that we may perceive that the parable of the growing seed suggests that like the farmer we put our faith in something we do not understand and cannot see, God, but who nonetheless provides all that we need. And the mustard seed in the second parable becomes Jesus Himself. Seemingly lowly and insignificant, He - like the mustard plant - was deemed obnoxious by those in authority and yet became the greatest of all on which all might find a respite.


Let us strive for those signs of the kingdom, faith in God and trust in Jesus, in our lives.


FINAL PRAYER:


Lord our God

We come into Your presence and ask You to help us.

Instruct us and teach us in the way we should go.

Help us to be faithful in advancing Your Kingdom here.

Show us the path You have set before us, so we may follow in Your way.

May Your Kingdom come. Amen.

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