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Friday 3rd in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mk 4,26-34): «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 …». Jesus 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 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 or parables, to proclaim the word to them in a way they would be able to understand. He would not teach them without parables; but privately to his disciples he explained everything.

Illustration: Fr. Lluís Raventós Artés

Today, Jesus explains how our life is born and grown. God is the sower who created us with a "heart", reinforced by the seed of Baptism. God is also the good soil where the seed grows. And with the growth of the love comes the fruits: a family and a work that enrich the world ...

—I am a very small "seed", called to become a big "tree". Lord, grant our bodies a quiet rest, and make the seed which we have sown today with the work of daily life bear fruits of eternal life.

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