Mk 4: 26-34

He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a 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.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The God of patience

Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, Jesuit paleontologist and geologist, wrote in a poem, “Patient Trust”:

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.”

Teilhard advised the reader:

“Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.”

Most of us can agree that watching grass grow is not very exciting.  In our lives, spiritual growth takes more time and is often less obvious than grass growing in the field. Yet, God is patient with us and watches with delight and eagerness for signs of new life to bud and blossom in us. God has already given us everything we need for a fruitful harvest.

Be patient with yourself, be patient with others, and be patient with the “God of patience and consolation” (Rom. 15:5).

—Fr. Quang D. Tran, SJ, is a Jesuit of the Central and Southern Province.  He is currently a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Boston College

 

Prayer

God of mercy….
Bless the work we have begun,
make good its defects
and let us finish it in a way that pleases you.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

—Prayer from the Divine Office