Mark 4;26-34

He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. ll by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.  As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.  Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

 

 

“It is consoling to realize that in this world no evil can take place beyond what God allows, and that in the end He is guiding everything.
Nevertheless, his ways are often mysterious and lead us through many a suffering. Trust the Lord in every situation. Whether it is day or dark night, whether storm clouds fly overhead or the sun smiles down gently. Leave everything in God’s hands. When the time comes, He will calm the storms. You are safe in his care”  (Arnold Janssen).

 

Silent Reflection

 

1. What feelings are in your heart as you begin this day?

2. Today’s Gospel and the reflection from Bl. Helena speak of openness to let God works in us. What does this mean for you these days?

3. How do you feel called to encourage others here at Chapter and at home?

4. Please take time to thank the members of the group for all you have shared during this time at Chapter.