Feb 1 (Mk 4:26-34)

Nature is a wonderful teacher.

Albert Einstein, the renowned scientist says, ” Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

The earth and the sky…the woods and the fields… the lakes and the rivers…the mountains and the seas…

…. are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

Jesus loved the nature very much.

>> Jesus, the Preacher made great use of examples from the nature to put forth His teachings.

The Gospel of Day is a typical example of Jesus quoting from the nature to explain.

All through His teaching ministry, Jesus presents different examples, metaphors and symbols to explain about the Kingdom of God.

Today, Jesus speaks about a man who scatters seeds on the land.

Without his awareness there is a growth.

“…and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how” (Mk 4:27)

One of the most tender ideas that this parable presents is that there are many things in life that are not understood and yet, it turns out to be beautiful!

The seed that grows, unnoticed and unseen, is a sign of the Kingdom of God.

>>> The seed takes root.

>> The seed sprouts.

> The seed grows.

But HOW this takes place, is unknown and unseen…

The effect of the growth is seen, but the process of the growth is unknown!

>>> The result of the progress is observed, but the manner of the progress is hidden!

In John 3:8, we read, “The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes…

… so it is with everyone born of the Spirit”

The movement of the Spirit of God is gentle and mild!

>> The growth of God’s Kingdom is hidden and concealed!

This points to the tremendous fact that God is in total charge and control!

…that God is in perfect sovereignty and power!

…that God is in total dominion and management!

We are sometimes people prone to a lot of strategies and planning.

>> When things don’t turn out the way we have planned, we get worried and anxious.

>> When situations don’t fall in line with what we envisaged, we get tensed and upset!

But, today God tells… I am in total control!

When my life seems to be in a complete mess and nothing is understood by us…

>> God says, “I am in total control”

When circumstances around me go haywire and I lose control of things…

>> God says, “I am in total control”

When conditions are highly worse and it seems to be the end of the world for me…

>> God says, “I am in total control”

This is not to say that we need to have a passive and lethargic attitude to life.

>> This is not to say that we need to have a casual and a lazy mentality in life.

>> This is not even to say that we should not have plans and strategies in our life

But this is a great reminder to know and realize that God is the Ultimate Master!

There are no accidents…no “by chance” happenings…

… for a Christian.

>> Everything finds its place, in the Permissive Will of the Lord!

Do I trust in Him to lead through the dark moments into light?

>> Do I believe in Him to lead through the depressing moments into joy?

>>>> Do I have faith in Him to lead through the confusing moments to clarity?

Let us enjoy the silent working of the Spirit within us…

….and be part of the..

… unseen, yet dynamic..

… silent, yet spectacular growth of the Kingdom of God!

As we thank the Lord for the gift of the First Month of 2019, and all His Blessings…

… let us also gently remind ourselves, of some of the resolutions that we might have taken at the start of the year ( or if not… let us seek to pledge a resolution for this year)

>> And thus, with confidence in God’s providence and gratitude for God’s blessings, let us consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, on this First Friday of the new month of February.

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “When you are physically and mentally occupied while fulfilling your duties…

… renew as far as possible – again and again – your “Yes” to the Will of God!

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