By Angie Koenig

Tiny Seeds Plentiful Branches WINE

 

“It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet 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.” ~ Mark 4:31-32

I love that Jesus taught the multitudes in parables. It’s almost like He knew we needed our life lessons delivered through relatable anecdotes so we could understand.  Our God is so good. He keeps nothing from us, even His wisdom.  As I sat reflecting on today’s Gospel in the adoration chapel, I was struck by how much is made known in a few simple verses about… farming.

 

As a Midwestern kid with a mother who loves gardening, I know all about seeds.  As a young girl, I fondly remember my sister and me germinating seeds in paper towels to prepare them for planting in the vegetable patch.  We checked on them every day (or more like every hour) hoping to see that radicle pushing through – the first sign of life.  It really is a miracle that something can start so small and grow so large.

 

Our faith is no different.  For many of us, that seed was probably planted by our parents, and the germination started with the cleansing waters of Baptism.  We start out little, rooted in Christ Jesus, and through the seasons of life, we find ourselves getting mighty, pushing through the dark soil of adversity to break free into the light.  We are no longer just dormant seeds but little sprouts ready to thrive and stretch our stems toward the Son.  To get to this point, though, the seed must first initially break – we cannot become the women we are supposed to be if we don’t allow our hard exterior shell to crack open and reveal our true selves.

 

Growth can be difficult, but it is always necessary.  If we keep ourselves wound tight in a cocoon of protection, we are doing the world a great disservice.  Just as the mustard seed grew to become a refuge for the birds to rest their wings, we, too, must offer up ourselves in service to others.  Our growth is not just for our benefit but for all those whom God has called us to minister.

Prayer

Lord, I pray for the strength to break free of my cocoon and the courage to grow strong.  Help open my eyes, Lord, to those you wish for me to serve in your name.

Call to Action

Sit with the Father today in the shade of His love and ponder how you are being called to bloom in the Kingdom of God.

 

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