31 Oct 2017: Let us plant


Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: Rom 8:18-25; Gospel: Lk 13:18-21

Every mighty tree is an outcome of tiny seed. The end result is magnificent. But the beginnings had been very simple, and the growth is gradual. Jesus takes this example to explain to the people the reality of the kingdom of God. The reign of God will be a mighty reality with little beginnings and gradual growth. But it has to begin somewhere. The invitation for each of us today is to cause that beginning: to plant.

What can we, simple and humble believers, do in this mighty endeavour? No matter how the circumstances are, we need to continue planting: planting the Word of God in the hearts of people that it may grow out to be a tree that gives shade to numerous animals and shelter to plentiful birds. Sometime the seeds may fall on the path, on the rocky field, amidst the bush or on the good and field. But let us continue to plant with the hope (a hope that looks to the future with patience), that these tiny seeds will turn out to be mighty trees. We might just be planting, someone else might be watering, but, ultimately, it is God who gives the growth.

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