Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time, October 27

May Our Own Spiritual Transformation Bring Each of Us to a Christ-like Holiness, Whereby Our Lives Are Lived Selflessly for God’s Greater Honor and Glory, so that His Kingdom Here on Earth May Also Begin As the Smallest of Seeds in All Those Whom Our Lives May Touch.

Jesus asks us in today’s Gospel, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it?”

And, today, we hear about a mustard seed. What is it about this seed that attracts our imagination? And what can mustard seeds and leaven teach us about the Kingdom of God?

The tiny mustard seed literally grew to be a tree which attracted numerous birds because they loved the little black mustard seed it produced. God’s Kingdom works in a similar fashion. It starts from the smallest beginnings in the hearts of men and women who are opened to and receptive of God’s Word. And His Kingdom works unseen and causes a transformation from within.

Leaven is another powerful agent of change. A lump of dough left to itself remains just that, a lump of dough. But when the leaven, or yeast, is added to it, a transformation takes place which produces, when heated, rich and wholesome bread – the staple of life for each of us.

Just as flour and water is transformed through the action of yeast, so too does the Kingdom of God produce a transformation in those who receive the new life which Jesus Christ offers. When we open our hearts with a welcoming warmth and yield to the invitation which our Lord offers us, our lives become transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.

And this union between ourselves and the Holy Spirit can be likened to the special relationship which Saint Paul describes in our First Reading today – the relationship which exists between Christ and His Church, and the relationship which husbands and wives are called upon to have with each other.

And this special relationship with God and His Kingdom, which begins here within each of us, on this side of the eternal, is ultimately brought to its final completion, is brought to its ultimate fulfillment in the Kingdom of God in Heaven – that final place of rest in which all our hopes and dreams are wonderfully realized and fulfilled.

It is the seedling of faith planted within us and nurtured through Word and Sacrament; it is the very Presence of God Himself within our hearts and souls – which strengthens us during the many trials and tribulations which we face throughout our lifetime. It is our experience and knowledge of His Love which brings each of us into an ever greater realization and a growing awareness that God’s Kingdom begins here and now within you and me.

And it is this faith in our God which gives us hope! – a hope which sustains us, a hope which reminds us of the unfathomable nature of God’s Love for us, and the oneness of relationship He wishes to have with each of His children. For Paul reminds us in our First Reading that the relationship which God has with His Bride, the Church, is the same relationship which a husband and wife are to have with each other – a love which is unconditional and total in its giving!

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the Church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”

And then he goes on to say, “This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church. In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband.”

And the virtue of unconditional love is the doorway to the Kingdom of God, and is only attainable by placing all our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strengths, but on the help and guidance given to us through the grace of the Holy Spirit.

When our hearts are open, when we are truly receptive to all that our faith teaches us, we then become transformed by God’s Spirit of Truth and Love – who guides us into an ever closer and more intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

May our own transformation bring each of us to a Christ-like holiness, whereby our lives are lived selflessly in our relationships with one another for God’s greater honor and glory –

– so that His Kingdom here on Earth may also begin as the smallest of seeds in the hearts and souls of all those whom our lives may touch.

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Then [Jesus] said, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a person took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.’(Luke 13:18-19)
  • “Again he said, ‘To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed (in) with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.’(Luke 13:20-21)
  • “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)
  • “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)
  • “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the Church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25-27)
  • “This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church. In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:32-33)
  • “Blessed are all who fear the LORD, and who walk in his ways. What your hands provide you will enjoy; you will be blessed and prosper.” (Psalm 128:1-2)
  • “But as it is written, ‘What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him,’ this God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10; cf. Isaiah 64:3b)
  • I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are they who wash their robes so as to have the right to the tree of life and enter the city through its gates.” (Revelation 22:12-14)

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Prayer for the Day

“Most Merciful and Heavenly Father,
holiness seems so far away, a mirage in the desert.
My sins keep slapping me in the face and taunting me.
I am like a clown with a bright face and a sad heart.

“Take the stain of sin from me and help me to join You on Calvary.
Help me to look at You and see only You hanging –
hanging in Love, suspended in Love, bleeding for Love.
With that vision, the rest of life pales and my sin is gone.

“My sin is gone from sight, superseded by Your free gift of Divine Love.
Thank You for the gift of freedom from sin by Your sacrifice.
Thank you for the gift of cleansing-grace from Your Mercy
of which I do not avail myself nearly often enough.

“Help me to cast my sin upon You, that I may grow in holiness.
Plant the seed of faith in my heart and soul and walk with me through life,
teaching me, guiding me, supporting me with Your Love.
All this I ask, for You are my Father, and I am Your child. Amen.”

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