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January 28, 2022

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DG BookGospel: Mark 4:26-34
Jesus also said, “In the kingdom of God it is like this: a man scatters seed upon the soil. Whether he is asleep or awake, be it
day or night, the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The soil produces of itself; first, the blade; then, the ear; then the full
grain in the ear. And when it is ripe for harvesting, they take the sickle for the cutting: the time for the harvest has come.”

Jesus also said, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what shall we compare it? It is like a mustard seed which, when sown,
is the smallest of all the seeds scattered upon the soil. But once sown, it grows up and becomes the largest of the plants in the
garden; and even grows branches so big, that the birds of the air can take shelter in its shade.” Jesus used many such stories, in order to proclaim
the word to them in a way that they would be able to understand. He would not teach them without parables; but privately, to his disciples,
he explained everything.

 

Reflection:

 

Sin does not happen overnight; it creeps in incrementally into our
spiritual entrails through the little openings we leave unguarded.
David’s twin-sins did not happen overnight. He let them
in gradually, by compromising commitment to duty. When his
armies were fighting a battle, instead of being bravely present
with them, he remained in his cozy palace. While his soldiers
were dying, he was enjoying his afternoon siesta, followed by a
leisurely walk. While his men would not even dream of spousal
bed, David’s eyes were already committing adultery with a
woman… No wonder his fall was so terrible! We may not and need
not know the mysteries of the Kingdom and its growth within
us—that is God’s work. But the least we can and must do is to
keep the land fertile and wellguarded from inimical forces, so
that the Kingdom can sprout and produce a good harvest.

 

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