Matthew 13:24-43 or 13:24-30
When you plant a seed, you put it in the dark, quiet ground and nothing happens: no violins sing, no trumpets blow, no drums roll. Nevertheless, the spark of life begins to ignite and, slowly but surely, the seed takes root and a plant pushes itself through the ground: there is a harvest! When you turn your mind and heart to God, nothing happens — or so it seems. No heavenly choirs sing, no thunder rolls, no lightening strikes. Nevertheless, in the quietness of your prayer, the Divine spark ignites and begins to take root in your being and, as it grows, it shows forth in your life. Something has changed. You are reaping a God-centered harvest of thought and action, different than ever before.
“The reign of God may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel Lesson. Later He explains to the disciples that, in the parable, the “man who sowed good seed”…
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